Hoax pipe-bomb was on north Belfast shop roof for some time
A hoax pipe-bomb left on the roof of a shop at a sectarian flashpoint in north Belfast is likely to have been lying there for a long time, the police have said.
A suspicious object was discovered on top of one of the Ardoyne shops, close to where riots have erupted in recent years over contentious parades, at around 12.45pm yesterday.
Shops and a number of homes were evacuated as Army bomb disposal experts examined the item.
The Crumlin Road was closed for several hours due to the alert.
A PSNI spokesman said: "Following further examination, police believe the elaborate hoax object left at the Ardoyne shopfronts this afternoon may have been left in the area for a considerable period of time."
North Belfast MLA William Humphrey said the device demonstrated the indiscriminate risk posed to the public "by those who engage in terrorist activities".
"Given the history of attacks mounted against the security forces and parades at this location, suspicion will fall on dissident republicans," he said.
"They are as morally bankrupt as they are politically bankrupt."