Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey security alert ends after bomb made safe

Bomb disposal officer at work Image copyright Justin Kernoghan
Image caption Bomb disposal officers made the device safe and took it away for further examination

A bomb has been made safe after a security alert in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

A number of homes were evacuated after a report of a suspicious object in the area of Arthur Road at about 10:00 BST.

Bomb disposal officers removed the explosive device for further examination.

Police said the alert has now ended and people have returned to their homes. They have appealed for information.

In a separate alert, a Marks and Spencer shop in south Belfast, was evacuated after a suspicious object was found about 10:00 BST on Wednesday.

The Boucher Road shop was evacuated but the object was nothing untoward.

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