Controlled explosion carried out during security alert in Strabane

army bombA controlled explosion has been carried out during a security alert in Strabane.

Army bomb experts were called to the scene in the Ballycolman area area of the town, following reports of a suspicious object in the early hours of this morning.

A number of elderly residents and young families in the area had to leave their homes due to the alert. The alert was soon declared a hoax.

It's the third such incident in the town in the past fortnight,