Security alert at Belfast City Airport amid fears of 'serious disorder' from UVF in East Belfast
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Security alert at Belfast City Airport amid fears of 'serious disorder' from UVF in East Belfast

THERE is an ongoing security alert at Belfast City Airport this evening following reports of a suspicious device on the nearby Sydenham Bypass.

Passengers are being asked to remain inside the terminal building, while others on arriving planes are being kept on board.

Emergency services are at the scene, while police have also closed off the Sydenham Bypass at the junction with the Holywood Road.

Early today the PSNI said it had received information that “the East Belfast UVF intend to orchestrate and participate in serious disorder in East Belfast this evening”.

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“I would strongly urge people to desist from engaging in any violent or criminal behaviour,” warned Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd.

“I would also appeal to those who have influence in this community to discourage people from taking part in any illegal activity.

“The safety of the public and my officers is of paramount importance and accordingly I will be reviewing my resourcing plans to ensure there is an appropriate and proportionate policing operation in place to deal with any disorder should it occur.”

Tensions are high in the area following a court order yesterday to reduce a bonfire in Bloomfield Walkway, which was due to be lit tonight as part of the Eleventh night.