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Carrickfergus police station evacuated after object brought in by member of public

A suspect object was brought into enquiries office prompting an evacuation

By John Mulgrew

A police station has been evacuated after a member of the public brought a 'suspicious package' into the building.

Police have said Carrickfergus station was evacuated along with several other premises and homes in the area.

Army bomb experts were sent to the scene.

Police said the evacuation was caused after a "suspicious object" was carried into the enquiries office by a member of the public.

The alert has now ended and police have said a controlled explosion was carried out on the object which has been declared a hoax.

The Larne Road was also closed for a time.

It's understood road blocks were also in place towards the end of Victoria Road close to the station.

Earlier, one of those evacuated amid the alert, freelance journalist Jayne McCormack, said there was a large police presence outside the station.

"There are a lot of onlookers and police at Taylor's Avenue. I can't get into my house as it's in the middle of a road block," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"There are about 50-60 people about. There are about three police cars and around 10 officers that I could see."


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