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No device found in west Belfast security alert

The operation saw the area closed off for much of the weekend. Credit: Presseye

Police have said nothing untoward has been found during searches in the Old Golf Course Road area of west Belfast over the weekend.

The security operation ended on Sunday afternoon and the Old Golf Course Road and Creightons Road, which had been closed, have now reopened.

The alert began on Saturday morning after police received a report that a device had been left in the area.

Chief Inspector Helen Garrett said: “As a result of specific information we received, we began a search of this area yesterday morning (Saturday, 8 December). That operation has now ended. Nothing untoward was found.

“Both the Old Golf Course Road and Creightons Road, which were closed during the course of the search operation, have re-opened.

“I understand these road closures caused significant disruption in the area, especially in the run-up to Christmas, and I want to thank the public for their patience and understanding during this time.

“The safety of the community is of paramount importance and, as we work to keep people safe, we will not take any risks.

“I want to re-emphasise to the local community, and people travelling through the area, they should be mindful of their own personal safety.

“If anyone comes across anything suspicious, they should contact police immediately on 101 quoting reference 838 of 07/12/18.

“I would also appeal to anyone with information about this incident, or anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area in recent days to get in touch with us."