By Q Radio News
A security alert in the Castle Street area of Belfast city centre has ended with police declaring it a hoax.
The alert followed a report that a type of device had been left in the area.
Castle Street was cordoned off, and members of the public were asked to avoid that part of town.
Sergeant Smyth said: “Police conducted searches following a telephone warning that a device had been left in the Castle Street area earlier today (Tuesday 27 July).
“Nothing was found during the searches and the incident is being treated as a hoax.
“Cordons have now been lifted, and I am keen to thank all those inconvenienced for their patience as we worked to ensure the area was safe.”