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Hoaxers branded 'sick' as town and village disrupted by security alerts

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 15/08/2016

Security alert in Carrickfergus, after the discovery of a suspicious object over the weekend
Security alert in Carrickfergus, after the discovery of a suspicious object over the weekend
Security alerts in Cushendun, after the discovery of a suspicious object over the weekend

Two security alerts in Co Antrim which led to homes being evacuated at the weekend have been condemned.

A suspicious object was found in the Rockfergus Avenue area of Carrickfergus on Saturday morning.

And a number of people were moved from their homes at Main Street in Cushendun after a suspicious object was discovered.

Both were elaborate hoaxes, police said.

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he was "disgusted" at the actions of those responsible.

"The people behind these alerts are sick individuals, with no respect for the lives of others," he said.

"To leave a device which had the potential to explode in a residential area is a callous move.

"The only thing it is achieving is disrupting the lives of the vast majority of people in the local community.

"The public does not support these incidents and wants them to stop. I would urge anyone with information to contact the police immediately."

Information about the Carrickfergus incident can be passed to police in Larne by quoting reference number 378 13/08/16.

The Cushendun incident is being handled by detectives in Coleraine, reference number 507 of 13/08/16.

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