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Residents flee homes after suspect device found

By Brett Campbell

A suspicious device which sparked a security alert in north Belfast yesterday has been declared safe.

The alert ended yesterday afternoon when police confirmed that "nothing untoward" was found.

The object was discovered on Pacific Avenue, just off the Antrim Road.

The street was cordoned off and the road closed to traffic while Army bomb disposal experts attended the scene.

A robot was deployed to examine the suspect object before it was declared safe and the road re-opened.

Oceanic Avenue was also cordoned off at the Antrim Road junction.

Deputy Mayor of Belfast, Mary Ellen Campbell, said a suspected pipe bomb was behind the alert which forced residents to flee their homes.

She thanked Newington Housing Association for providing a safe place for families who faced "unnecessary disruption".

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