A security alert in north Belfast has ended after police confirmed that a suspicious object found was a hoax device.
Detectives appealed for information after a suspicious object was thrown at a family home in Fortwilliam Parade.
Chief Inspector Helen Garrett said, “Police received a call at 8.28am this morning. The resident of the property reported hearing a loud bang at around 11pm on Wednesday evening and had subsequently found a metal bar in the garden of the property.
"Police attended the address just before 2.30pm today and having examined the item, evacuated a number of properties and alerted ATO. The object was then examined by ATO and has been declared an elaborate hoax and all residents have been allowed back to their homes. Police are currently reviewing how the initial report of this incident was dealt with.”
“This incident not only caused great concern to the residents of the property, but also caused disruption for many other local families and the wider community.
“We are working to establish a motive for this incident and are appealing for anyone with information to contact detectives in Belfast by calling 101, quoting reference number 269 17/05/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”