Security alert ends after suspicious device is declared a hoax

The scene in Armoy on Saturday. Picture: McAuley Multimedia

POLICE are appealing for information following a security alert in Armoy earlier today (Saturday 31st August).

At around 4:50am, police received a report of a suspicious device in the Fair Hill Street area.

A number of residents were evacuated as a public safety operation was carried out.

ATO were tasked to the scene.  The object was taken away for further examination.  It has since been declared a hoax.

Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes.

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “I want to thank the community for their co-operation as we worked to make the scene safe.

“I would appeal to anyone who noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area to contact detectives in Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 298 of 31/08/19.”

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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