Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey Catholic church security alerts were hoaxes

Newtownabbey alert
Image caption Controlled explosions were carried out in both alerts

Security alerts at two Catholic churches in Glengormley and Newtownabbey on the outskirts of north Belfast have been declared hoaxes.

A controlled explosion was carried out by the Army on an object at St Mary's on the Hill church on the Carnmoney Road.

An alert at the Church of St Mary, Star of the Sea, at Whitehouse, Newtownabbey is also now over.

A controlled explosion was also carried out there.

Residents have been allowed to return after the alerts.

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