Northern Ireland

Security alert causes disruption in Castlewellan

A security alert in Castlewellan, County Down has ended.

Army technical officers were called to the town's Main Street after a member of the public reported seeing a suspicious object at around 1200 BST.

The road was closed and diversions were put in place.

However, it re-opened at around 1700 BST after officers declared that nothing suspicious had been found.

SDLP leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said the alert caused "considerable disruption" for parents trying to collect children from school and for local businesses.

"People in Castlewellan have endured enough trauma and hardship over the years and do not want this trouble on their streets," she added.