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West Belfast security alert an 'elaborate hoax'

Police said a security alert between Springfield Road and Lanark Way in west Belfast on Monday night was an "elaborate hoax". Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Marie Louise McConville

A SECURITY alert which led to residents being evacuated from their homes in west Belfast was an "elaborate hoax", police have said.

British army bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious object between the Springfield Road and Lanark Way on Monday night.

Speaking today, PSNI Inspector Natalie McNally said the object was "an elaborate hoax".

"A number of homes and businesses had to be evacuated, but all residents and keyholders were allowed to return around 12.30am this morning," she said.

"I know this was a disruptive evening for the whole community and I would thank everyone for their patience while we worked to make the area safe."

She appealed to anyone with information to contact police.

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