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Elaborate device device left close to Belfast police station

By Staff Reporter

Residents living close to Woodbourne Police Station in west Belfast were urged to stay indoors last night as army bomb experts examined an object which had raised concerns.

It is understood the object was left at Horn Drive, close to the back wall of the police station on the Stewartstown Road last night.

Army bomb experts were called in as the area was cordoned off to facilitate a security operation which began around 7.30pm.

A robot was deployed to examine the object at close quarters which appeared to be a box with connected wires.

It was not known last night whether it was a viable device .

No homes were evacuated during the operation, however residents were advised to stay indoors.

On Friday morning the object was declared an elaborate hoax.

The west Belfast police station has been a target for dissident republicans several times in recent years.

In August 2013 there was outrage after children unwittingly picked up an unexploded bomb outside the station. It was one of two devices thrown at the back of the station, one of which exploded.

It was also targeted with a device in July 2010, and in March 2016 the station was targeted with what was described by police as an “elaborate hoax”.

Earlier this year a PSNI officer was wounded after he was hit up to three times in the arm as he and a colleague left a filling station shop on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast.

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