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Hoax object sparks security alert in Newtownabbey

Bomb found in Carnlough security alert

Published 12/07/2016

Police are at the scene.
Police are at the scene.
A device was dropped close to the BBC's Ormeau Avenue Broadcasting house during an earlier security alert. Pic BBC

A suspicious object which sparked a security alert in Newtownabbey has been declared a hoax.

It was discovered close to Abbey Business Park near to the Abbey Centre shopping centre.

The Mill Road was closed for a period and has since reopened.

It is the third alert in recent days.

More: Families evacuated amid spate of alerts on Twelfth

On Tuesday a suspicious object found in Carnlough, Co Antrim which sparked a security alert was declared a viable device.

The device was found in the Drumalla Park and Bay Road area on Tuesday morning.

Army bomb experts examined the object and declared it to be a viable device.

It was removed for forensic examination.

Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan condemned those behind the disruption caused by the discovery of a suspect device in Carnlough.

The East Antrim MLA said: "The discovery of this suspect device on the outskirts of Carnlough has brought nothing but disruption to the local community.

"A number of people have been evacuated from their homes, causing considerable disruption and inconvenience.

"There is no room for these type of attacks in our society and they must end immediately."

Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley appealed to anyone who has any information about this incident to contact Police at Larne on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 688 12/07/16. 

Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Earlier on Tuesday a controlled explosion was carried out on a suspect device in Belfast's Ormeau Avenue close to the main Orange parade route.

It was discovered close to the BBC's Broadcasting House. It was reported that a metal tube was dropped on the road from a passing car, close to the Dublin Road junction.

Following Army bomb squad examinations, the device was declared a hoax.

The main Belfast Orange parade is due to pass the location later on Tuesday morning.

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