Roads closed after ‘suspicious object’ discovered

Army Technical Officers and PSNI officers pictured on the Whitewell Road in Newtownabbey where a security alert is  underway. ' 'Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Army Technical Officers and PSNI officers pictured on the Whitewell Road in Newtownabbey where a security alert is underway. ' 'Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Roads have been closed amid a security alert is ongoing in Co Antrim, the PSNI has confirmed.

The alert was sparked by the discovery of what police described as a “suspicious object”.

Army Technical Officers and PSNI officers pictured on the Whitewell Road in Newtownabbey where a security alert is  underway. ' 'Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Army Technical Officers and PSNI officers pictured on the Whitewell Road in Newtownabbey where a security alert is underway. ' 'Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police are currently at the scene of a security alert in the Whitewell Road area of Newtownabbey following the discovery of a suspicious object.

“Diversions are in place at the junction of Arthur Bridge and Whitewell Road.

“Motorists should seek alternative routes.”

Police are currently at the scene of a security alert in the Whitewell Road area of Newtownabbey following the discovery of a suspicious object. Diversions are in place at the junction of Arthur Bridge and Whitewell Road. 'Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Police are currently at the scene of a security alert in the Whitewell Road area of Newtownabbey following the discovery of a suspicious object. Diversions are in place at the junction of Arthur Bridge and Whitewell Road. 'Picture By: Arthur Allison.