Page last updated at 15:20 GMT, Monday, 23 March 2009

Lampposts alert is declared hoax

Police car

A security alert in the Poleglass estate on the outskirts of west Belfast has been declared a hoax.

The Army carried out two controlled explosions after a number of suspicious objects were discovered taped to lampposts.

Reports were received about the items in the Ardcaoin Avenue area on Monday morning.

Residents in Ardcaoin Avenue and Ardcaoin Drive have now been allowed back in their homes.

SDLP councillor Matthew McDermott has condemned those responsible for the alert which was "causing a major inconvenience to everyone in the area particularly families taking their children to school".

"This is a sad reflection of the dark and gloomy days that we thought were in the past," he said.

"The people that carried this out really need to catch up. They have no support in the wider community."

Sinn Féin west Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann said: "Those responsible for these alerts offer nothing only disruption and devastation to the people."

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