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Families evacuated from their homes over suspicious vehicle

By Angela Rainey

Residents in the Carrick Hill area of north Belfast were evacuated from their homes on Saturday night during a security alert.

A number of families, some with small children, and a number of elderly residents were taken to North Queen Street Community Centre at around 9pm as police and army bomb experts dealt with a suspicious vehicle in Plunkett Court.

The alert was handled by officers investigating dissident republican activity.

The incident caused wide-spread disruption to the community, as a number of roads in the area were closed, including a section of the Westlink which was sealed off for over an hour. Traffic diversions were put in place to keep the public away from the scene.

Further searches of the area were carried out.

Police said the car was taken away for examination by forensics officers at around 2am, and residents were allowed to return to their homes soon after.

Chief Superintendent Chris Noble commented: "I would like to thank motorists and the local community for their support while we dealt with this situation. I understand the disruption that this caused to a lot of people, and we appreciate the patience and understanding shown by residents as we focused on ensuring their safety."

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