Northern Ireland

Carrickfergus security alert declared a hoax

Minorca Place street Image copyright Google

A security alert in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, has ended after a suspicious object was declared a hoax by Army Technical Officers.

Commercial premises were evacuated in the Minorca Place area of the town on Monday afternoon.

The road was closed at the junction with Davys Street and Irish Quarter West while the object was examined, but roads reopened at about 21:00 BST.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) appealed for information.

PSNI Insp Rory Bradley thanked the local community "for their patience while we worked to keep them safe".