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Hoax bomb shuts Belfast's Shore Road at rush hour

Published 11/08/2015

Parts of the M5 and A2 roads have been closed due to a security alert in Newtownabbey, County Antrim. Pic Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Parts of the M5 and A2 roads have been closed due to a security alert in Newtownabbey, County Antrim. Pic Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Belfast's Shore Road was shut at rush hour on Tuesday morning because of a hoax bomb.

The device was found in Abbeydale Close, Newtownabbey.

The Army bomb squad examined the device and declared it to be an elaborate hoax. It  has now been removed for further examination.

The Shore Road was been closed in both directions between Hazelbank and Station Road, causing traffic delays on the M5 towards the A2.

Chief Inspector Stephen Reid said: "I would like to thank the local people who have been inconvenienced by this operation for their patience and understanding while police conducted the clearance. I would also wish to thank our partner agencies who assisted with diversions and kept vehicular traffic flowing throughout the incident.

“I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area recently or who has any information which may help police with our enquiries to contact officers at Newtownabbey or Detectives in Antrim on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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