Strabane security alert declared a hoax

A Strabane security alert in which a number of homes were evacuated has been declared an elaborate hoax.

The Ballycolman Avenue/Melvin View area of the town had been cordoned off on Monday morning.

Army bomb disposal officers carried out a controlled explosion and declared the device a hoax.

During the alert about 30 to 40 people left their homes, and some were accommodated in a local community centre.