Northern Ireland

Police believe Keady fire and bomb alert linked

Army bomb experts have been at the scene since Tuesday afternoon
Image caption Army bomb experts have been at the scene since Tuesday afternoon

Police believe a fire in Keady, County Armagh, at the weekend was an attempt to lure officers into an ambush and is linked to an ongoing bomb alert.

A number of families have been moved from their homes after a suspect object was found on the town's Castleblayney Road on Tuesday.

Just after midnight on Sunday a section of fencing in the area was set alight before being put out by firefighters.

Police have appealed for information about both incidents.

Six houses have been evacuated after a beer keg which had wires attached to it was found by a member of the public on the Castleblaney Roadon Tuesday.

It is understood a bomb warning was received the day before.

Army bomb experts and police remained at the scene overnight.

Police cordoned off a five-mile stretch of road after the object was found.