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North Belfast alert security alert: suspicious object 'an elaborate hoax'

A security alert in north Belfast has ended.

Police and Army technical officers attended the scene in the Northwood Road area and declared it to be an elaborate hoax.

Inspector Paul Noble said: "ATO attended the report of a suspicious object and have declared it to be an elaborate hoax.

"The Northwood Road has now reopened to traffic and a number of residents who were evacuated are now able to return to their homes."

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds condemned those responsible.

He added: "I would hope that those residents who have been evacuated might be able to return home as soon as possible."

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