Northern Ireland

Newry security alert is declared hoax

Police tape
Image caption The security alert is in Newry

A security alert in Newry has ended and been declared a hoax.

Army bomb experts had been examining a suspicious object in the city. A number of road closures were put in place in the city due to the security alert.

It was reported at 1900 GMT on Friday. The object was examined at the Camlough Road roundabout.

The Five Ways roundabout, the Camlough Road, the Forkhill roundabout, the Redbridge Road, and the A1 at Carnbane South are all closed.

Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy, said the alert caused "serious disruption" on one of the biggest nights for shopping and Christmas parties.