Object which sparked alert may have lain ‘for a considerable period’

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Part of the Crumlin Road in Belfast was shut off for much of this afternoon amid a hoax security alert.

A number of homes were evacuated following the discovery of the suspicious object on the roof of a shop at the Ardoyne area in the north of the city.

It was reported by a member of the public at around 12.45pm, and the military moved in to investigate.


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