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Teenager arrested after hoax bomb alert at Woodbourne police station alert in west Belfast

Public warned to be vigilant over possible device in Lurgan

A security alert at Woodbourne police station in west Belfast has ended.

A suspicious object was declared an elaborate hoax and a 17-year-old teenager arrested.

He is currently assisting police with their enquiries at Musgrave Police Station.

The Stewartstown Road reopened to traffic and residents of four houses that were evacuated have been allowed to return to their homes.

Earlier police officers and staff who were inside Woodbourne police station were evacuated.

Woodbourne was the target of a bomb attack in August 2013, when two devices were thrown at the station. Children picked up an unexploded pipe bomb and carried it to the front of the station. No one was injured as it did not explode.

Lurgan device search

Meanwhile, police are warning the public in Lurgan to be vigilant after reports of a device in the Lake Street area.

Officers have searched the area with dogs, however, nothing untoward has been found.

Chief Inspector Davy Beck said: “We have conducted a number of enquiries and have searched the area. Nothing untoward has been found however we would urge the public to be vigilant.

"If you notice anything which looks out of place or suspicious, do not approach or touch it but contact us straight away on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to these reports. We can be contacted in Lurgan on 101.”

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