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Security alert in Carrickfergus: Homes evacuated in quiet street for second time in 24 hours

By John Mulgrew

Dozens of homes were evacuated during a second security alert to strike the same Carrickfergus street in the space of just 24 hours.

Army bomb experts were sent to the scene of the alert in the Broadlands Gardens on Monday afternoon - following a hoax alert in the area on Sunday.

Some 20 to 30 residents have been evacuated to a nearby leisure centre.

The alert has since ended with those evacuated being allowed to return to their homes.

It's understood Monday's second alert may have been prompted as police reexamined the area.

Four controlled explosions were carried out on a device in the same sleepy cul-de-sac on Sunday.

The suspect device was later said to be a hoax.

It's not yet clear on whether a second device was discovered during Monday afternoon's alert.

Speaking yesterday, Alliance's Stewart Dickson condemned those responsible for the suspicious object.

"I condemn those behind this alert, who have succeeded in disrupting the lives of many in a normally quiet area of Carrickfergus," said the East Antrim MLA.

"My thoughts are with all residents forced from their homes by those intent on dragging Northern Ireland back to the dark days of the past.

"This action is completely unacceptable and I want to praise everyone who has played in ensuring residents were quickly accommodated elsewhere."

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