Northern Ireland

M1 motorway re-opens: Controlled explosion on suspect object

The security alert has been causing problems for motorists coming in and out of Belfast
Image caption The security alert led to the closure of part of the M1 motorway

The police have re-opened the M1 between Lisburn, County Antrim, and Broadway in Belfast in both directions following a security alert.

The alert began after a suspicious object was found at Kennedy Way on Saturday morning.

Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion. It was later declared an elaborate hoax.

The disruption led to delays to some of Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership games.

Motorists also faced major disruption as a result of the alert.

There have been more than 12 security alerts in Northern Ireland in the past week.