Strabane security alert: Suspicious object was a hoax

strabane security alert
Image caption A number of homes have been evacuated after reports of a suspicious object

A suspicious object in Strabane has been declared a hoax following examination by the Army.

A number of people were forced to leave their homes following reports of the suspicious object in the garden of a house in Innisfree Gardens on Tuesday morning.

Police cordoned off the area but it has since been reopened.

The PSNI thanked residents for their patience and cooperation throughout the evacuation.

Image caption Army technical officers have arrived at the alert

SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said many of the people forced to leave their homes were elderly, and said the incident caused "significant distress."