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Parades pass off peacefully following security alert in north Belfast

Published 01/04/2013

Bandsmen and members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry Parade make their way down Donegall Street, North Belfast this morning past St Patrick's Catholic Church.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
Bandsmen and members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry Parade make their way down Donegall Street, North Belfast this morning past St Patrick's Catholic Church. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
The nationalist residents protest outside St Patrick's Church as bandsmen and members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry Parade make their way down Donegall Street, North Belfast

An Apprentice Boys parade has gone ahead after police discovered a suspicious device in north Belfast.

It was found by officers on the Crumlin Road during a search of the area.

In a statement issued to the media earlier today the PSNI described it as a "viable" device but this was later retracted.

The device was discovered shortly before a scheduled parade in the area.

Meanwhile another parade - which took a controversial route past a Catholic church in Belfast City Centre - passed off peacefully this morning.

The Apprentice Boys paraded down Donegall Street in the north of the city with only a single drum beat being played as members passed by St Patrick's Church.

Members of the Carrick Hill Residents group protested peacefully from the footpath as the parade passed by.

 

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