Newry Times Exclusive: Horror as ‘device’ left in hijacked taxi is abandoned outside school

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Sunday, April 8th, 2012
Newry was the scene of trouble again tonight after a taxi was hijacked and a ‘device’ allegedly placed inside it. The incident comes less than 24 hours after what police described as a ‘viable device’ was found in a car at Cloghogue roundabout close to the Forkhill turnoff in the city. According to unconfirmed reports tonight, a device was allegedly placed in a taxi after it was stolen from the Derrybeg estate in the city. The taxi was then abandoned on the Carnagat Road close to Rathore School. Up to 25 homes in the immediate vicinity had to be evacuated. Local SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley spoke to Newry Times tonight about the incident and condemned those responsible for the hijacking of the taxi. Bradley said, “It is believed that two masked men stopped the taxi and I have received unconfirmed reports that they may have placed some sort of device on board. I am reliably informed that this may lead to a small number of homes in the area being evacuated.” He continued, “Local people contained the taxi at the scene by placing their vehicles across the road until the police arrived. Following on from the viable and potentially lethal device planted yesterday, those responsible for these events are intent on disrupting the normality of life in the Newry area and even causing serious harm. This is a course of action totally at odds with the desire of people in Newry and the surrounding district to move forward peacefully.” Commending the vigilance of those in the area Bradley added, “I want to praise the courage and initiative of those local people who helped to isolate the vehicle at the scene until police officers could take over and I would also appeal to anyone with information to go to the PSNI as a matter of urgency.”
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