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Newtownabbey security alert declared 'elaborate hoax'

Published 11/08/2015

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

A security alert sparked by the discovery of a suspicious object in Newtownabbey has been declared an elaborate hoax.

The alert in the Abbeydale Close area has now ended and all roads have reopened.

Army bomb experts examined a suspicious object discovered in the area and declared it to be an eleborate hoax.

This has now been removed for further examination.

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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