Carrickfergus bomb alert ends and roads reopen

The alert has been described as "absolutely despicable"

A security alert in Carrickfergus has ended after army bomb experts examined a suspicious object and said it was "nothing untoward".

It was found close to a shopping centre at Victoria Road on Thursday morning.

A number of houses were evacuated and residents of a nursing home were given breakfast in a room at the opposite end of the building from the site of the alert.

A woman whose father is in the Tamlaght home said the alert was "despicable".

"It is absolutely despicable that this situation has arisen especially as it is so close to a residence for the elderly," said Patricia Donald.

She said whoever was behind the alert showed "no respect for the elderly".

"It is hard enough for the staff to cope with the elderly without something like this on top of it," she said.

The Larne Road and Victoria Road are now open to traffic.

More Northern Ireland stories



  • Witley Court in Worcestershire Abandoned mansions

    What happened to England's lost stately homes?

  • Tray of beer being carried10 Things

    Beer is less likely to slosh than coffee, and other nuggets

  • Spoon and buckwheatSoul food

    The grain that tells you a lot about Russia's state of mind

  • Woman readingWeekendish

    The best reads you need to catch up on

  • Salim Rashid SuriThe Singing Sailor

    The young Omani who became a prewar fusion music hit

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.