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Strabane security alert declared an elaborate hoax

The security alert in Strabane on Sunday was elaborate hoax, say police.

The alert began after police received a report regarding a suspicious object in the Innisfree Gardens area of the Tyrone town on Sunday morning.

Speaking about the incident, Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said: "ATO attended the scene of this security alert and have confirmed that the suspicious object was an elaborate hoax.

"During this incident a number of residents, including some elderly people, had to be evacuated from their homes. Incidents such as this cause distress and anxiety to those affected by it. It also causes disruption to the local community and I would condemn the actions of those responsible."

He added: "I would like to thank the local Community Association for all of their help and support today in evacuating residents.

"I would also like to thank local residents for their assistance, patience and understanding during this alert."

Strabane SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly condemned those responsible.

He said the local people had been evacuated and disrupted several times this year and are fed-up with the constant intrusion.

“I totally condemn those responsible for yet another disruption to the Strabane community’s routine and peace of mind. Those responsible are tarnishing the good name of this area and disrupting the elderly and families alike.", he said.

Mr Kelly added: “Someone in the community must know who is responsible for this spate of incidents that have occurred in Strabane over the past year. They have a duty to bring that information to someone in authority, whether that’s the police, anonymous Crimestoppers or elected representatives.”

Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information should contact police at Strabane on the non emergency number 101.

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