The suspicious object which raised a security alert in Newtownbutler on Sunday has been declared an "elaborate hoax."

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland stated: "The security alert at Wattlebridge Road in Newtownbutler is over. Army Technical Officers (ATO) examined a suspicious object and declared it an elaborate hoax."

It was reported that police were dealing with a security alert in the Wattlebridge Road area of Newtownbutler on Sunday afternoon (June 23.)

Superintendent Clive Beatty said: “The alert follows a report that a suspicious object has been found in the vicinity of Wattlebridge and police are currently investigating.

“The B533 Road heading southbound from Newtownbutler will be closed and motorists are advised to seek alternative main routes for their journey.

“I am appealing to members of the public living in, or travelling through the area to be vigilant and not to touch any suspicious objects. The safety of the community is of paramount importance and anyone with any information in relation to this incident should contact police on 101.”