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Belfast homes evacuated as security alert closes roads

A road in Belfast was closed after a security alert on Tuesday night.

Around 100 homes were evacuated on Antrim Road and a number of families stayed at Fortwilliam and McCrory Presbyterian Church overnight because they had nowhere to go.

According to the Reverend Lesley Carroll, the alert had been “very disruptive”. But she said that city council representatives had arrived very quickly, as well as staff from the city’s social services department. She said that she was impressed to see someone from the council there all night, as well as a social services representative and a representative from Belfast trust.

Bernie Kelly, of the Belfast Health Trust emergency response team was at the church all night caring for the families. She said that several people came initially and left as they found places to go. They were then left with just 11 people who stayed overnight in the church.

Police left a TV for them to keep them entertained and so officials gave them food and bedding and the night was a quiet one. She commented that the Rev Lesley Carroll was very good to them and opened everything up so that they were comfortable. She added that they were able to give them a warm breakfast in the morning so they were all quite settled.

She added that at the moment there is no information regarding the security alert and that official were told only that it was quite serious.

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