Northern Ireland

Homes evacuated in security alert in Antrim

A suspicious object was discovered in the Rathenraw Estate
Image caption A suspicious object was found in the Rathenraw Estate

A bomb alert in the Norfolk Square of the Rathenraw estate in Antrim has been declared a hoax.

A number of homes were evacuated after a suspicious object was found.

There have been a number of bomb alerts in the Antrim area in recent weeks.

Last Monday, an eight-year-old schoolboy at St Comgall's Primary School in Antrim, was at the centre of an alert when he picked up a pipe bomb in the school playground.

The school was evacuated as the Army dealt with the device.

A bomb was also left close to a primary school in the nearby village of Crumlin on Wednesday.

About 170 pupils were moved to a community centre after the device was found outside an unmanned police station opposite Crumlin Integrated Primary.

About 30 families living in nearby Mill Road also had to leave their homes.

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