Northern Ireland

Mount Vernon: North Belfast alert was a hoax

Mount Vernon House
Image caption People living at the front of Mount Vernon House flats had to leave their homes in the alert

A bomb alert that caused a number of homes to be evacuated in north Belfast on Tuesday night was a hoax, police have said.

A number of homes were evacuated during the alert in the Mount Vernon area.

Belfast DUP councillor Guy Spence told the BBC a suspicious object was found on the windscreen of a car close to Mount Vernon House flats.

The front section of the flats was evacuated and the Shore Road closed.

Police said the alert ended at about 23:00 BST after Army bomb disposal experts attended the scene.

Image caption The DUP's Guy Spence said the alert caused major disruption

Police have said they are following a definite line of enquiry.

Mr Spence said the alert had caused disruption for residents and motorists.

He added that the council had made the Grove Wellbeing Centre available to provide shelter to those who had to leave their homes.