UPDATE - North Belfast security alert declared a hoax

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A Security alert in North Belfast has been declared a hoax according to a local councillor.

Several homes were evacuated in the Velsheda Park area on Thursday evening following the discovery of a suspicious object. 

It was examined by army technical officers and has since been taken away for forensic examination.

Families and a number of elderly residents were forced to leave the area for several hours. 

Ardoyne Road and Alliance Avenue were closed as a result.

Some residents reported a loud bang outside of a property at around 4.30pm but it's unclear what may have caused it. 

SDLP Councillor Paul McCusker says there were reports of a device being thrown at a police patrol.  

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