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Residents evacuated in early morning north Belfast security alert


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A suspicious object in north Belfast was declared an elaborate hoax after a security alert in the early hours of Monday morning.

PSNI officers were in attendance at the incident, which began around 3.30am, in the Pinkerton Walk area of the New Lodge.

Residents were evacuated from their homes and the New Lodge was closed between North Queen Street and Lepper Street.

The suspicious object was taken away for further examination and the incident came to an end around 6.30am.

A spokesperson for the PSNI thanked those affected by the incident for their patience understanding and appealed for information.

“[We] would appeal to anyone with any information or who may be able to help with the investigation, to call them at Tennent Street on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 52 31/01/22, or to submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport,” stated the PSNI.

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“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org”

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ní Chuilin condemned the disruption caused by the security alert.

"This is disgraceful disruption, those responsible need to end these reckless actions,” she said.

"I would urge anyone with any information on this incident to bring it to the attention of the PSNI."

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