Northern Ireland

Ballykelly and Toome bomb alerts now over

Gallagh Road security alert
Image caption An alert in Toome, County Antrim, is now over

A bomb alert in Ballykelly, County Londonderry, has ended and been declared an elaborate hoax.

It started after a suspicious object was found on the Carnamuff Road, just outside the village, on Sunday evening.

Two controlled explosions were carried out by the Army on the suspect object. All roads have now reopened.

Meanwhile, a security alert at Gallagh Road in Toomebridge has ended. A number of items have been taken away for examination.

The road was closed between Carlane Road and Shore Road due to a suspicious object but has now reopened.

Police said there may be a possible link between the alert and an armed robbery at a bookmakers in the village on Saturday night.

Two men, believed to be armed with a gun and a hammer, stole an undisclosed sum of money from the premises on Main Street at about 17:00 GMT.

Police have asked anyone with information about the abandoned silver Vauxhall Vectra to contact them.

Commenting earlier on the Ballykelly alert, Deputy Mayor of Limavady, Orla Beattie, said: "I understand a man had been leaving out his bin and had found a suspect device behind his wall.

"It was a gas cylinder with some wires coming out of the top and he had contacted police."