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North Belfast alert: Suspicious object declared a hoax

Published 01/09/2016

Ardoyne Road and Alliance Avenue in north Belfast closed
Ardoyne Road and Alliance Avenue in north Belfast closed

A security alert in the Velsheda Way and Alliance Avenue area of north Belfast has been declared a hoax.

Residents from more than 20 homes were evacuated as part of the security operation after a suspicious object, believed to be a pipe, was found shortly after 6pm.

Those forced from their homes sought sanctuary in a local community hall in nearby Herbert Street.

Sinn Fein councillor Gerry McCabe told the BBC that he had been informed by the PSNI that a device had been thrown at a police vehicle.

The Ardoyne Road was closed to traffic, as was Alliance Avenue, which links Ardoyne with the nearby Cliftonville Road.

Motorists were advised to seek alternative routes for their journeys.

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