Northern Ireland

Security alerts in Bangor and west Belfast over

A bomb alert in Bangor, County Down, has ended and been declared a hoax.

A number of homes were evacuated in Stratford Gardens and Stratford Drive while a suspect object was investigated.

Residents have now been allowed to return to their homes.

An earlier security alert at a business park in the Blackstaff Way area of west Belfast is also over. It started after police received reports of a suspicious vehicle near the premises.

Police said nothing untoward was found.