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Viable device found in Belfast security alert

A security alert has now ended in west Belfast where homes had been evacuated.

A viable device was found at the alert in Horn Drive and will be sent for forensic examination.

Detective Sergeant Kelly said: "This device was initially discovered by a member of the public and during the security operation a number of residents had to be evacuated from their homes for their own safety. We would like to thank them for their assistance during this.

"Those responsible have shown a complete disregard for the safety of residents in this community.

"Anyone with information should contact Detectives at Musgrave quoting reference 699 of 25/9/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” the Detective Sergeant added.

Earlier SDLP West Belfast Councillor Tim Attwood said that the discovery of a suspicious object in the Horn Drive area had caused significant disruption for local people.

He said: "A number of homes around Horn Drive have been evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious object. This is causing significant disruption for local people trying to go about their daily lives.

"This should not be part and parcel of daily life in this city. People have the right to expect to be able to live free from the threat of violence."

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