Hoax device at Dunmurry school ‘was prank’

The primary school in Dunmurry was evacuated during the security alert.
 It is understood a member of staff from Christ the Redeemer Primary School contacted police about 9am on Monday.
The primary school in Dunmurry was evacuated during the security alert. It is understood a member of staff from Christ the Redeemer Primary School contacted police about 9am on Monday.

Those behind a hoax bomb alert at a primary school in Dunmurry were anti-social elements looking for entertainment, a local councillor believes.

Just after 9.30am on Monday, the PSNI said a suspicious object had been found in Lagmore drive in the vicinity of Christ the Redeemer Primary School in Dunmurry.

Just before 1am police ended the alert and declared the object a hoax.

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.”

SDLP councillor Brian Heading said: “Police have declared this a deliberate hoax but it had caused a huge amount of disruption to traffic, the school - which had to be evacuated - and was also a huge waste of police resources.

“I would put this down to stupidity and devilment for entertainment. The device was not viable.” There had been a spate of similar hoaxes in the area several years ago by secondary school age pupils, he added.