Northern Ireland

Antrim: Device near police station was 'elaborate hoax'

PSNI station in Antrim Town Centre Image copyright Google
Image caption The section of Dublin Road that runs past Antrim's PSNI station was closed in the alert

A suspicious device that led to a security alert in Antrim town centre was an elaborate hoax, police have said.

It was found at 19:00 BST on Monday at Castle Grounds facing Antrim police station.

Roads were closed off and people living nearby had to leave their homes in the subsequent security alert.

They were able to return at 02:30 BST on Tuesday.

PSNI Inspector Neil Patton said the "alert caused considerable disruption to local residents and road users in Antrim".

He appealed for information.