Police at the scene of a bomb alert in east Belfast

Police at the scene of a bomb alert in east Belfast

POLICE have evacuated a number of families from their homes on Saturday in an east Belfast security alert.

The alert was sounded following a report of a suspicious object found at a house at Cherryhill Park, Dundonald, on Saturday.

Army technical officers were tasked and are currently at the scene examining the object.

As a result, the PSNI has closed Cherryhill Park and diversions are in place.

East Belfast Alliance Party MP Naomi Long said people had been forced from their homes due to the “mindless and reckless actions” of those behind the alert.

“The vast majority of the public are opposed to the actions of those behind the recent bomb attacks and security alerts. They do not want to see Northern Ireland return to the dark days of the Troubles,” she said.

“If anybody has any information about this security alert then I would urge them to contact the police.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area to contact them on 0845 60 8000.

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