Railway line reopens after ‘suspicious object’ found in Finaghy

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A SAFETY alert at Finaghy station has ended after a suspicious object was found on the tracks.

The railway line between Great Victoria Street and Lisburn was closed as police and army technical officers examined the object.

Finaghy Road North was also closed to traffic.

It is believed that the device may have been there for some time.

Sinn Féin local councilor Geraldine McAteer told belfastmedia.com it was believed to be an old pipe bomb.

“I spoke to the police and was told that workers clearing leaves and trash from the tracks came across what looks like a rather old pipe bomb,” she said.

“I am concerned for the safety of those traveling on the Translink line and those who have been evacuated from the area.

“Our priority is to keep everyone safe.”

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REOPENED: The train line between Great Victoria Street and Lisburn has reopened following the safety alert

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police are currently present at Finaghy Railway Station, Finaghy Road North following the discovery of a suspicious object in the area. A number of houses have been evacuated. Motorists and Pedestrians are asked to avoid the area. There are no further details at this stage.”

A Translink spokesperson added: ‘Due to a security alert at Finaghy, the train line is currently closed between Great Victoria Street station and Lisburn.

“Bus substitutions are underway – and train passengers can use their tickets on the Metro bus services. Enterprise passengers will be taken by bus from Lanyon Place station in Newry to catch the train.

“We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience caused.”

Posting on social media, a spokesperson for the Devenish said: “Temporarily closed – Due to security already at Finaghy station, the complex is closed to the general public. We will update you as soon as possible.”

This is the second security alert in the city in less than a week.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was forced out of an event at the Houben Center on Friday when the UVF hijacked a van before planting a prank inside it and forcing the driver to drive to the event from north Belfast.

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