Castlereagh security alert after discovery of suspicious object

Police on the GAA pitch at Henry Jones playing fields Credit: Pacemaker

A security alert is currently ongoing in Belfast this morning.

Police say Church Road in Castlereagh has been closed following the discovery of a suspicious object at Henry Jones playing fields in the area, which are used by East Belfast GAA.

In a statement, the PSNI said: "Diversions are in place and road users are advised to seek alternative routes for their journey."

It is understood Lough View Integrated Primary School and Nursery is closed.

Alliance Belfast City Councillor Michael Long posted on social media: "Another suspected device at Henry Jones and Loughview PS is again forced to close. The sectarian thugs behind this campaign need to stop."

Ulster Unionist MLA Andy Allen also condemned the security alert on X (formally Twitter).

"Really? Those responsible for this security alert, causing disruption and fear, need to catch themselves on," he posted.

"There can be no justification whatsoever for this. If you have any info that can assist police I would encourage you to contact them."

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