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Woodbourne PSNI Station alert declared an ‘elaborate hoax'

A security alert at Woodbourne PSNI station was an "elaborate hoax", police said. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker

A SECURITY alert which led to the evacuation of a west Belfast police station has been declared an elaborate hoax.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after an object, understood to be a rucksack, was thrown at Woodbourne PSNI Station on Tuesday afternoon.

The station and four houses were evacuated during the alert which ended after 7pm.

Stewartstown Road was closed at its junctions with Blacks Road and Suffolk Road for several hours, causing long tailbacks during evening rush-hour.

Sinn Féin assembly member Alex Maskey said the alert had caused "considerable disruption".

The station was targeted in a bomb attack in August 2013 when two devices were thrown at the back of the building.

One of the devices, an unexploded pipe bomb, was later picked up by children.

Meanwhile, police warned people in Lurgan, Co Armagh, to be vigilant following reports a device was found close to Lake Street.

Police searched the area, including with sniffer dogs, but nothing suspicious was found.

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