McDonald urges ‘extreme caution’ over Newry security alert
Local Sinn Féin councillor Packie McDonald has commented the discovery of an abandoned van near the border which police say may contain a suspicious device. Newry Times has reported extensively about the white van at the centre of the alert after a member of public became suspicious and contacted the police.
Speaking to Newry Times, McDonald said, “This has caused much disruption and worry among those living in the area and motorists using this stretch of road. At this stage it is unclear whether the van contains a viable device or not but in the meantime I must urge extreme caution by anyone who may be in the vicinity of this stretch of road.”
Responding to claims that motorists had been driving past the area while the alert was ongoing Councillor McDonald said,
“I have heard reports that cars were seen driving very close to where this van had been abandoned. I am not sure whether this was due to motorists ‘taking a chance’ and not heeding warnings or lack of adequate warning. This does raise serious questions for the police to answer, particularly if the latter proves to be the case.”
McDonald went on to speak against those who may have placed this device in the area saying, “Placing a device on a public road is an extremely dangerous and reckless act which could cause serious injury or worse to anyone unfortunate enough to be driving along this road. This incident will no doubt frustrate and anger local people and road users.”
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