SINN Féin MP Paul Maskey has condemned those responsible for leaving a suspected security device outside the Andersonstown Road Connolly House constituency office last night. 

Police officers attended the scene around 10.15pm and implemented a public safety operation. ATO were also tasked and examined the device declaring it to be a hoax. 

The attack is believed to be part of a wider campaign against Sinn Féin in the West of the city. Two weeks ago three cars were set alight in Glencolin. Two of the cars belonged to Sinn Féin members.

Mr Maskey said those behind the incident would “not deter us from our work”. “I am calling on those responsible for this to stop. We work very hard at our constituency services and at all of our offices right across the North and they will not deter us. We are calling for the people who have left this device here this evening to stop. Leave the scene and let us get on with fighting for our constituents on a day and daily basis to provide that service."

PSNI Inspector Robert Jeffers said: “Thank you to the local community and anyone who was impacted last night as we dealt with the incident.

“I would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to call us on 101, quoting reference number 2240 of 27/07/20."