SECURITY ALERT AT PSNI STATION DECLARED A HOAX

Army technical officers at the scene of hoax alert in Carrickfergus PSNI station

Army technical officers at the scene of hoax alert in Carrickfergus PSNI station

DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after a security alert at a Co Antrim police station was declared a hoax.

Carrickfergus station was evacuated on Tuesday evening after a member of the public carried a suspicious object into the inquiries office.

Police are now trying to establish who left the package and if there was a malicious intent.

A number of local residents in the Larne Road area were also moved from their homes and officers from the bomb squad were tasked to investigate.

Police said a controlled explosion was carried out and the object was found to be a hoax.

All roads have now been reopened and residents have been allowed to move back in.

Local DUP councillor Charles Johnston said the alert caused a lot of disruption to traffic, businesses and people in the area.

“I understand somebody walked into the station at around 7.50pm with a package and left it there.

“It’s very worrying.

“A lot of people walk along the seafront on a good evening like this and the businesses – the bar next door has been evacuated, people taken from their homes and traffic has been re-routed right around the town.

“It’s caused a lot of disruption,” he added.

 

 

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