SECURITY ALERT CLOSES M5 IN NORTH BELFAST

Police have closed the M5 due to security alert

Police have closed the M5 due to security alert

POLICE have closed the M5 in both directions from Hazelbank to Greencastle due to a security alert.

The alert was sparked on Saturday night and is ongoing.

“Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes. There are no further details at this stage,” a PSNI spokeswoman said.

Earlier a suspicious object discovered in Belfast was declared a hoax by police.

The item was found in the Glenmachan Street area of the city on Saturday afternoon.

Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion at the scene.

It was confirmed as a hoax a short time later, and roads in the area – including the Westlink off-slips at the Broadway junction – reopened.

 

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