Northern Ireland

Security alert in Falls Road area of west Belfast

There is a security alert in west Belfast following a report that a suspicious object has been left.

The Falls Road has been closed in both directions between Conway Street and Springfield Road. Sevastopol Street has also been closed to the public.

A number of people have been moved from their homes.

Sinn Fein assembly member Fra McCann said: "This device has caused massive disruption to this community and is wholly unacceptable."

He added: "The Falls Road, the main arterial route for west Belfast, has had to be closed and residents moved from their homes to a nearby leisure centre."