Major police operation underway in Newry after ‘suspicious objects’ discovered

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014
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Another major police operation is underway today after reports that a number of suspicious objects were found in the Parkhead Crescent area of Newry.

Local police accompanied by army bomb disposal experts are currently at the scene, which is just yards from the busy Camlough Road.

Today’s security operation comes just 12 hours after a pipe bomb attack in Newry yesterday evening which caused damage to a house and several cars in the Patrician Park housing estate on the Chancellors Road.

Commenting on the explosion in Patrician Park Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins told Newry Times, “I am shocked at this occurrence last night in such a built up residential part of Newry.

“Thankfully there was nobody injured but the outcome could have been much worse.

“This incident caused a lot of disruption for people in the area as the estate was cordoned off for three hours. I can see no rationale for this attack which no doubt has caused great anxiety for the victims and all the residents of Patrician Park,” she added.

During a follow up investigation today in Carnagat it is believed that the PSNI discovered devices of a similar nature.

Sinn Féin representative for the area Councillor Charlie Casey said, “While it is unclear at present whether these two incidents are linked, police have confirmed that devices of a similar nature to those used in last night’s attack in Patrician Park have been discovered in Parkhead.

Local SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said those responsible for the two security alerts were ‘enemies of the community’

“This is very concerning for local residents and I can understand their fears. I hope that local people with relevant information bring this to the police to help ensure that our communities are safe places to live.”

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley says the people of Newry are fed up with disruption. Bradley says after last night’s “reckless” pipe bomb attack in Patrician Park, for which he said there is no justification, people in the area have had enough.

Bradley stated, “From what I understand the PSNI initiated planned searches this morning. A number of suspicious items were found and the situation and searches are ongoing. Army bomb experts have been called to help police with the situation.

“People in Newry don’t want this,” he continued. “They want to get on with living and not to be reminded of the past. They don’t need or deserve this type of disruption. Those behind this type of activity are enemies of the community.

“They are foolish to think people support what they’re doing because all they are achieving is hurt to the people in the community and the community itself. I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this activity to contact the police immediately,” Bradley added.

A Spokesman for Newry PSNI spoke to Newry Times about today’s security operation. “ATO have been tasked to examine a number of suspicious objects which have been found this morning following searches in the area of Parkhead Crescent, Newry. No roads have been closed and no houses have been evacuated at this stage.”

More on this story:

House and cars damaged after Newry pipe bomb attack


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