Belfast Telegraph

Mother's fury over elaborate bomb hoax

By Adrian Rutherford

A suspect object found by a six-year-old girl – which sparked a major security alert in West Belfast – was an elaborate hoax.

More than a dozen homes were evacuated after the device was discovered in the garden of a house in Westrock Park, off the Whiterock Road, on Saturday morning.

The girl's mother, Angela Wheelan, said she feared for her daughter's life if the device had been viable.

"She lifted the device up by the wire and threw it out," she said.

"I told her to throw it out because I didn't know what it was and then I phoned the police.

"She could have got blown up."

Mrs Wheelan said she did not know why her home had been targeted.

Army bomb experts spent several hours examining the object before confirming it was a hoax and allowing families to return.

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