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Ballymena alert: Homes evacuated after suspicious object found near Cambridge House school

'Proximity of this alert to a local school is extremely worrying'

Homes in Ballymena have been evacuated following discovery of suspicious object in Cambridge Avenue.

Police are currently in attendance and the road has been closed to traffic.

SDLP North Antrim Assembly candidate Connor Duncan said the community in Ballymena has been severely disrupted following discovery of the object near Cambridge House school.

Speaking from the scene, Mr Duncan said: "Once again people in our community have been forced from their homes as police and ATO attend a security alert in the Cambridge Avenue area. Local people, including families and elderly people have been evacuated as the alert continues.

"The proximity of this alert to a local school is extremely worrying. The safety and security of our children should be beyond question and those who would seek to jeopardise it are beneath contempt. A youth football tournament was taking place at the time and a further 60-70 young people have been evacuated from the area as a precaution.

"It’s a very cold night tonight and I want to pay tribute to this community for their patience and perseverance at a difficult time."

Update: ATO examined a suspicious object discovered in the area of Cambridge Avenue and declared it to be an improvised firework. This has now been removed for further examination. All roads in area have reopened and evacuated residents allowed to return to their homes.

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