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Suspicious object found in Monkstown Newtownabbey alert declared elaborate hoax

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Homes in Devenish Drive were evacuated

Homes in Devenish Drive were evacuated

Homes in Devenish Drive were evacuated

A suspicious object which sparked a security alert in Monkstown, Newtownabbey has been found to be an "elaborate hoax".

A number of homes in Devenish Drive had to be evacuated following the discovery at around 8pm to allow for Army investigations. The nearby Valley leisure Centre was made available to those affected.

Bus services were also affected.

A controlled explosion was carried out and the alert ended around midnight.

Belfast Telegraph