Northern Ireland

Security alert in Newtownards declared a hoax

Police tape
Image caption The security alert was at James Street in Newtownards

A security alert in Newtownards, County Down, has been declared a hoax.

A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspicious object at James Street by army bomb experts on Saturday.

James Street had been closed to traffic at its junction with West street and Talbot Street but has since reopened.

Residents returned to their homes after the alert was declared a hoax.