Overnight security alert in south Belfast

The scene of a security Alert on the Lisburn road in Belfast , July 12 2016
The scene of a security Alert on the Lisburn road in Belfast , July 12 2016

The Lisburn Road in south Belfast has been closed in both directions overnight following the discovery of a suspicious object in the area.

Around midnight a PSNI spokesman said traffic was being diverted at Myrtlefield Park and Balmoral Avenue.

A PSNI spokesman said: “A suspicious object examined on the Lisburn Road in Belfast overnight was found to be a hoax.

“The item has been removed and the road reopened at around 4.20am.”

Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.