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.

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features

  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?


  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexSeeding science Watch

    The retired professor who turned village children into engineers


  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take


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.