Northern Ireland

Fintona, County Tyrone, van bomb alert now over

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Media captionThe van was stopped on Corbally Road, Fintona, at about 02:00 BST

A security alert in County Tyrone, that started after a van was stopped and two men arrested, is now over.

Officers stopped the van on the Corbally Road in Fintona shortly before 02:00 BST on Tuesday and detained two men aged 33 and 45.

Police have said a substantial quantity of material, believed to be fertiliser, was removed from the van and taken away for detailed examination.

People who were moved from their homes have been allowed to return.

Earlier, BBC News NI's reporter Julian Fowler, who was at the scene, said the van was stopped on the road with the rear doors open and Army bomb disposal experts were using two robots to look inside.

"Witnesses have described being woken about 02:30 BST and seeing flares lighting up the surrounding fields," he said.

"They report seeing large numbers of heavily armed police officers in the area. Later, they say, a police helicopter and plane flew over the scene."