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Sinn Féin condemn hoax bomb alert at west Belfast office

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey hit out at those responsible. Picture by Mal McCann

SINN Féin has condemned those behind a hoax bomb scare at one of its west Belfast offices.

Police were called after a report of a suspicious object at Sevastapol Street on the Falls Road on Sunday evening.

Officers and army technical officers attended the scene and the object was examined while the area was cordoned off.

It was declared a hoax.

Inspector Karen Hamill said: "We thank the public for their patience and would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to call us on 101.

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey hit out at those responsible.

"For decades this office has provided an invaluable service to the community of west Belfast," he said.

"In particular, the office been at the heart of work in recent months to support the local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This attack follows on from another incident at Connolly House constituency office two weeks ago.

"Those responsible for these futile attacks have no support in our community.

"Sinn Féin will not be deterred. We will continue to work to deliver for constituents and to build a just, equal and united Ireland."

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