Page last updated at 12:08 GMT, Monday, 7 December 2009

Hoax devices found close to Belfast banks

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Streets in the university area were cordoned off

Army officers have carried out controlled explosions on two suspicious objects found close to banks in south Belfast.

The security alerts, in the university area on Monday, caused rush hour chaos.

The Army were called to examine suspicious devices near the Ulster Bank on the Lisburn Road and the Northern Bank on University Road at 0830 GMT.

Both devices have been declared as hoaxes and the University and Lisburn roads have been reopened to traffic.

Businesses and homes in the area were evacuated during the alerts. Both areas were cordoned off.

South Belfast MP Alastair MacDonnell said the disruption was "severe".

"Those responsible for this activity have no respect whatsoever for local residents, children trying to get to school, students, people travelling to work or for local businesses and traders," he said.

"I would encourage the community to help the police with all information that may assist the prosecution of those responsible for this incident."

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