Northern Ireland

Security alert at Medway Street in east Belfast ends

Medway Street has been closed by police and a number of premises have been evacuated
Image caption Medway Street has been closed by police and a number of premises have been evacuated

A security alert in east Belfast that began when a suspicious object was found has ended.

Medway Street, which is just off Dee Street, was closed by police at teatime on Thursday and a number of premises were evacuated.

Police said a pipe-bomb type device had been found and made safe by Army bomb officers.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 22:00 GMT on Thursday.

The Bangor-Belfast rail line was closed for a time as a result of the alert but has since re-opened.