16/06/2017

Security Alert In West Belfast Was Elaborate Hoax

A security alert in west Belfast has been declared an elaborate hoax.

A suspicious object was found in the Horn Drive area, near Woodbourne Police Station, at around 8pm on Thursday, 15 June.

Police and Army Technical Officers attended the scene and carried out a controlled explosion, which was found to be an elaborate hoax.

The object has been sent for forensic examination.
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Chief Inspector Kellie McMillan said: "Whatever the intention of those who placed this object, it is clear that they wish to instil fear, disrupt the community and attempt to deter the delivery of a policing service to the community.

"Placing this object in an area where children play and families live demonstrates clear carelessness and complete disregard for the local people of West Belfast who are simply trying to go about their day-to-day lives.

"I know residents do not want this kind of disruption on their doorstep and so I would ask anyone who may be able to help the police officers investigating this incident, to please get in touch by calling 101 quoting reference 1134 15/06/17."

(CD/JP)

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