Northern Ireland

Aughnacloy men honoured for bomb bravery

Sir Hugh Orde, Alistair Parr and Paddy Douglas
Image caption Alistair Parr and Paddy Douglas were honoured for "remarkable acts of bravery"

Two County Tyrone men have been honoured for "remarkable acts of bravery" in helping their neighbours escape from a potential bomb.

Alistair Parr and Paddy Douglas, from Aughnacloy, have been awarded the accolade at the National Public Bravery Awards.

When a 300lb bomb was left outside a police station in the town in June 2010 they helped evacuate homes in the area.

At times the men were less than 60m from the bomb.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said: "Both of these men have shown tremendous courage and bravery in a time when a viable device was no further than 60m away.

"To receive the Gold award from the Association of Chief Police Officers is the highest accolade that ACPO can present to members of the public.

"As a consequence of their bravery, they undoubtedly helped evacuate the area in a much faster time. I would like to congratulate them on their achievement."