South Armagh homes evacuated after police stumble across ‘suspicious object’

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
A number of homes in South Armagh have been evacuated following the discovery by police of what they described as a ‘suspicious object’. Army bomb disposal officers and local police officers in Cullyhanna have closed the Lisleitrim Road, Sheetrim Road and Lake Road while investigations continue. Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy said he spoke to PSNI Chief Inspector Davy Beck who confirmed that the device was found by chance by a PSNI vehicle patrol. “It is not currently known whether this is a viable device or not but I know that the Army Technical Unit are on route to the area,” Murphy revealed. “A number of homes in the immediate vicinity of the device have been evacuated and three local roads have been closed. “This is a major inconvenience for local people and in particular for the farmers affected who will have difficulty tending to livestock in the area.” He added, “I hope that this alert will be resolved quickly and people’s lives are not too badly disrupted.”
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