Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Bomb alerts cause traffic chaos during Belfast rush hour

A bomb disposal officer at the scene of the security alert
A bomb disposal officer at the scene of the security alert

Parts of south Belfast was closed for several hours yesterday after the discovery of a suspicious object.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the item at Tates Avenue and police said it had been removed to "determine its nature".

The object was reported to police around 7.15am yesterday in one of three security alerts yesterday.

The Westlink in Belfast was also closed in both directions at the height of the evening rush-hour after a suspect device – later described as "an elaborate hoax" – was found.

It came after a suspicious object had been found close to the Roden Street footbridge.

The Westlink was closed between Grosvenor Road and Donegall Road for several hours.

And an earlier security alert in Greenisland in Co Antrim ended yesterday morning.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to the Shore Road following reports of a device in the area. However, nothing was discovered during a subsequent search.

Police have appealed for information about the three security alerts.

Anyone who can help detectives should contact 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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