NORTH Belfast DUP MLA Nelson McCausland has condemned those responsible for the planting of a suspicious object which caused a security alert in north Belfast on Thursday.
A number of homes had to be evacuated at Somerton Park, off Lansdowne Road as Army technical officers examined it before declaring it a hoax.
Nelson McCausland said: “The PSNI has reported that the householder discovered the suspicious object on her window sill at 8.00am this morning.
“Paramilitary graffiti was also daubed on at least one window and door. In the resulting security alert residents were evacuated from houses in parts of Somerton Park, Lansdowne Road and Fortwilliam Demesne and some local roads were closed.”
Three hours later army bomb squad experts said it was a deliberate hoax and the alert ended around 11am.
He added: “All of this will have been upsetting and traumatic for the occupants of the targeted house and for other residents evacuated from their homes.
“I wish to commend the actions of the police and army officers who cleared this alert and also Belfast City Council and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for establishing an emergency rest centre at the Grove Well-being Centre, though I understand that none of the evacuated residents needed to attend this.
“This act of intimidation will be condemned by all right-thinking people.
“It is the action of thugs who seek to undermine law and order in society. They have nothing positive to offer and will only increase opposition to whatever purpose or agenda they seek to advance.
He urged anyone about those behind the hoax device to contact the PSNI on 0845 6008000 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.