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Homes and school evacuated in west Belfast bomb alert

The Old Golf Course Road area of west Belfast had to be closed for much of the weekend. Credit: Presseye

Police have had to return to the scene of a weekend security alert in west Belfast, sealing off Upper Dunmurry Lane.

According to the PSNI, the latest closure is due to “further information about an explosive device having been left in the area”.

The road is closed with diversions in place at Corrina Park and the roundabout at the junction of Creightons Road/Old Golf Course Road and the junction at Cherry Road.

It comes after cordons had to be put in place on Saturday morning, right through to Sunday afternoon – when the alert ended with nothing untoward having been found.

Further searches are now being carried out.

PSNI Superintendent Melanie Jones said: “On advice from ATO, we are in the process of evacuating a significant number of residential properties, a chapel and primary school as a precautionary measure to protect the public.

“We are liaising with partner agencies to provide alternative accommodation for those affected, especially local residents.”

She added: “I fully understand that the evacuation and road closures are causing significant disruption to local community life - however, public safety is our primary concern and we will not take any risks.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we continue what may be a protracted policing operation.”

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800555 111.