Device left by intruders in Castlederg found to be hoax

The security alert in Castlederg, Co Tyrone led to homes being evacuated. Credit: Presseye

A man has been held down by intruders who forced their way into a house in Castlederg and left a device that sparked a security alert before proving to be a hoax.

Those responsible forced their way into the property in the Millbrook Gardens area at about 7.30pm on Tuesday.

They held down the occupant and left an object that looked like a pipe bomb at the house before making off.

Neighbouring properties had to be evacuated while police and ATO attended the scene.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “The item was examined and later declared a hoax.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101, online, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.