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West Belfast security alert declared a hoax

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast on July 26th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast on July 26th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast on July 26th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast on July 26th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast on July 26th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast on July 26th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Army Technical Officers are the scene. Picture: Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph

A security alert that saw a number of residents evacuated from their homes in west Belfast has been declared a hoax.

Police cordoned off Cavendish Street at around 4.30pm on Friday after a suspicious object was discovered.

A PSNI spokesman said: "The security alert at Cavendish St in West Belfast has ended. A suspicious object was examined by ATO and declared a hoax.

"All residents have been allowed home and roads re-opened. Any information about this incident can be given to police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Sinn Fein MLA Fra McCann, speaking during the alert, said: “The security alert in Cavendish Street has caused significant disruption and inconvenience to local residents with homes being evacuated and the street closed.

“Those responsible for this disruption have shown complete disregard for the community and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police."

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