Security alert ends and families start to be returned to their homes after suspicious object ‘declared a hoax’

Families are starting to returned to their homes after a security alert in wet Belfast was declared a hoax.

A PSNI statement this afternoon said that the security alert in the Springfield Avenue area of west Belfast has ended.

Police and Army Technical Officers had attended the scene.

The statement said that a suspicious object was examined and has been declared a hoax.

Police at security alert

It has been taken away for further examination.

Springfield Avenue has re-opened and residents who were evacuated have been allowed to return home.

Inspector David McBride said: “We thank the public for their patience and would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to call us on 101, and quote reference number 451 of 15/06/20.

“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

“Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/”

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