Police investigate hoax device

Merville Garden Village. Pic by Google.
Merville Garden Village. Pic by Google.

Police are appealing for information after a suspicious object caused disruption for residents in the Merville Garden Village area.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, March 21, but details were only made public by the police today.

Detailing the incident, a police spokesperson said: “Police received a report of a suspicious object in the Merville Garden Village area of Newtownabbey at around 3:30pm on Tuesday, March 21.

“A number of homes in the area were evacuated while the object was examined. The object was declared a hoax and residents were allowed to return to their properties around 9pm.

“Anyone with information should contact police in Newtownabbey on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 678 of 21/3/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”