Police declare suspicious object an ‘elaborate hoax’
The security alert at the Dundalk Road, Crossmaglen area has now ended.
The object has been taken away for further forensic examinations.
Newry Area Commander Chief Inspector David Beck told Newry Times, “Firstly, I would like to thank the local community of Crossmaglen for their patience and understanding during the course of this policing operation.
“The security alert which began on Tuesday caused significant disruption to the people of the area, but the protective approach to the policing operation was justified.
“Secondly, it is important to condemn those who caused this upset, the overwhelming number of people in the community do not want this type of activity and we as a police service will continue to work to bring those responsible before the courts,” Beck vowed.
“I make no apologies for the duration of the policing operation, which resulted in two homes being affected however the work, experience and expertise of officers on the ground resulted in a positive outcome.
Chief Inspector Beck added, “I would finally like to take this opportunity to ask the people of the south Armagh area to continue to remain vigilante and report any suspicious activity in the area to police. Or, if someone would like to pass on their information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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