Northern Ireland

East Belfast alert declared hoax

A bomb alert in east Belfast has ended and been declared a hoax.

Army bomb experts had been dealing with a suspicious object at Cyprus Avenue after a member of the public noticed it in a garden at about 1640 BST.

Some residents were moved from their homes during the alert. They have now been allowed back.

A police spokesperson said the object was a "crude, non-viable device". The MP for the area, Naomi Long, said those responsible were "despicable".

"We are all relieved that this was simply an elaborate hoax, but it nevertheless caused much fear and disruption," the Alliance Party deputy leader said.

"Cyprus Avenue is a quiet residential area and people were shocked at news of this hoax alert."