Hoaxes cause chaos

IN 1972 four bomb hoaxes in the Lisburn area brought traffic to a standstill and business to a halt.

The first bomb hoax took place at the market in Smithfield Square and another occurred later with a similar hoax at Mr Eric McKnight’s premises in Market Square.

Police and soldiers searched the car park on both occasions, causing traffic diversions and trade to stop, but eventually found nothing.

The other two hoaxes took place in the next two days consecutively, with the hoaxer causing further disruption by phoning Stewart’s Mill and McCarter’s furniture store warning of bombs.