Homes evacuated in Maghera hoax alert

Army bomb disposal unit
Army bomb disposal unit

Homes were evacuated in Maghera on Saturday during a security alert sparked by an ‘elaborate hoax’.

Police were called to a report of a suspicious object close to residential premises at the Beagh Terrace, Maghera area.

“ATO [army technical officers] were also tasked to the scene and a number of homes evacuated.”

However, the PSNI later declared the object to be a hoax.

Residents have been allowed to their homes.

It comes less than two weeks after a hoax, sparked a security alert in the Hospital Road area of Magherafelt.