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Security alert in Newtownabbey declared a hoax

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Whitewell road in north Belfast on July 24th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Whitewell road in north Belfast on July 24th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Whitewell road in north Belfast on July 24th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Whitewell road in north Belfast on July 24th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Whitewell road in north Belfast on July 24th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Army Technical Officers have declared a security alert in the Whitewell Road area of Newtownabbey a hoax.

A suspicious object was discovered and diversions were put in place at the junction of Arthur Bridge and Whitewell Road.

All roads in the area have now reopened to traffic and evacuated residents allowed to returned to their homes.

SDLP Councillor Noreen McClelland said the alert had caused significant disruption in the area.

“Those responsible have disrupted residents, the local community and those travelling to work this morning," she said.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact the Police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

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