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Friday 31 July 2015

Second hoax bomb in two days causes chaos

By Louise Small

Published 24/02/2012 | 05:29

The discovery of a suspect object close to a shop on the Crumlin Road yesterday morning caused chaos in north Belfast.

Traffic was diverted from the area until the device was declared a hoax by Army bomb experts around 2pm yesterday.

It was the second hoax device in the area in two days.

Ballysillan Leisure Centre was opened for local residents who had to be evacuated from their homes, as was the Ligoniel Community Centre.

Just one elderly woman went to the leisure centre briefly before she was picked up by her son.

On Wednesday, a controlled explosion was carried out on a suspect object strapped to the railing opposite Our Lady of Mercy School. It was later described as an elaborate hoax.

SDLP councillor Nichola Mallon expressed her shock at a second day of disruption for the area.

She said: “This act is the second attempt in two days to scare and disrupt shopkeepers, residents and commuters during rush hour on the Bilston Road.

“Yesterday, a suspect device was attached to a railing opposite a school. Today a second suspect device has been attached to the lamppost outside a busy local shop. This is utter madness.”

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