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Suspect package found at Stormont, hours after Belfast court evacuated

Police are investigating the possibility of a second suspect package.

Image: Stormont via Shutterstock

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are at the scene of a security alert on the grounds of Stormont after a suspicious package was discovered.

The parcel is at a postal clearance station outside of where the Northern Ireland Executive meets. The PSNI said no other buildings have had to be evacuated.

The package is currently being examined by a bomb disposal team.

It comes just hours after the Law Courts in Belfast had to be evacuated this morning after a package addressed to a member of staff sparked a security alert.

Roads in the area around Chichester Street in south Belfast were closed just after 9am when the object was discovered and a bomb disposal team was dispatched to the scene.

However the security alert was stood down after the PSNI said the parcel, which is reported to have been addressed to a High Court judge, was a bona fide package and was not a suspicious device.

“Nothing untoward was found,” a spokesperson for the PSNI said.

There have been a number of security alerts in Northern Ireland in recent days, including a viable device discovered at Stormont Castle yesterday morning.

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