Update: Suspicious object on bypass declared a hoax

A suspicious object which led to the closure of a stretch of the Magherafelt bypass has been declared a hoax.

Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 7:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 7:56 pm
Security alert closed bypass for most of the day

The bypass between the Castledawson roundabout and the Aughrim Road had been closed since this morning and traffic diverted.

Inspector Bownes said: “I want to thank the public for their patience while we worked to keep the community safe.

“Our enquiries are continuing and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area recently, or anyone with any information, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 453 of 14/11/18.”

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.