Northern Ireland

East Belfast: Motorists 'drove over suspicious device'

Security alert
Image caption Army bomb experts arrive at the scene of the alert

A number of motorists may have driven over a suspicious device that sparked a security alert, the police believe.

The device was at the junction of Albertbridge Road and Castlereagh Street in east Belfast.

It was reported by a member of the public at around 18:15 GMT. The alert ended just before 23:00 GMT.

The device was taken away for further examination by Army bomb experts, but the police did not say if it was a viable device or a hoax.

No homes were evacuated during the alert.

A police spokeswoman said: "It is believed a number of motorists may have driven over the device before it was reported to police."

Naomi Long, the Alliance MP for East Belfast, condemned those behind the alert.

She said: "Whoever is behind planting this device is utterly reckless, placing at risk the lives of local residents and any passers-by.

"Local residents deserve to be left in peace without this constant threat and disruption to their lives."