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Around 100 West Belfast homes evacuated

Evacuations are to ‘ensure safety of local community’ as PSNI investigate reported mortar attack and shot fired at police vehicle.

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AROUND 100 HOUSES have been evacuated in the Glen Road area of West Belfast as part of a PSNI investigation into a reported mortar attack and a shot fired at a police vehicle last week.

The PSNI says that a number of business premises have also been evacuated and there are traffic disruptions in the area.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this causes however our aim is to ensure the safety of the local community and to protect everyone,” West Belfast area commander Chief Inspector Emma Bond said this morning.

“It is imperative that we carry out this search as part of our investigation and we would ask the public for their patience and understanding as this policing operation continues.”

Local residents have been advised that the evacuation may be in place for some time and have been given time to prepare for it. They will also be facilitated at the Glen Community Centre in Carrigart Avenue, although police say they hope that most people be able to stay with family and friends.

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