Three questioned as Lagmore estate security alert ends

Police at scene of alert Police at the scene of the alert in Lagmore

Residents have been allowed to return home following the end of a security alert in Lagmore, on the outskirts of west Belfast.

A suspicious object was discovered close to a children's playpark at White Rise in the estate at about midnight. Police have not said what was found.

Three men were later arrested nearby in an operation linked to the alert.

About a dozen families who were moved during the night took shelter in a community centre.

It was snowing as they left their homes, and Sinn Féin councillor David Bell said it had been a traumatic experience for them.

"From what I've gathered, the object was left where anyone could pick it up," he said.

"Obviously we have to find out if it's a viable device or not but, regardless, given the extremely cold night that people had to leave their homes - this is elderly people, and children - the people in the area are deeply frustrated."

Meanwhile in north Belfast, a security alert at Hillview Road has ended. A police spokesman said "nothing untoward" was found.

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