Hoax security alert near Antrim primary school ends

PSNI officers have warned of a heightened alert in the run-up to the centenary celebrations marking 1916

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File photo: Antrim PSNI station

Updated 13.00

A security alert in Dunmurry, Co Antrim has ended, after police declared it to be a hoax.

 

A suspicious object found in the vicinity of Christ the Redeemer Primary School on Lagmore Drive in the town has been examined.

The PSNI says all of the roads it had closed as a precaution have now reopened.

Any residents who had to leave their homes are now being allowed to return home.

PSNI Chief Inspector Norman Haslett said: "This alert has caused severe disruption to the local community this morning and I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

This picture of Lagmore Drvie in Dunmurry, from Google Earth, shows just how close the security alert is to Christ the Redeemer primary school

The PSNI tweeted earlier to inform people of the alert:

It as PSNI investigators warned of a heightened threat from dissident Republicans in the run-up to the centenary of the 1916 rising.

Elsewhere today, a viable device has been found in Derry.