Northern Ireland

South Armagh security operation over, say police

Police road closed sign
Image caption The A37 Concession Road was closed for two days

A two-day security alert near Crossmaglen, in County Armagh, has ended.

The operation began about lunchtime on Tuesday, when police closed the A37 Concession Road, Conalig, the main route from Castleblayney to Dundalk.

It followed a report that a device had been left at a property in the area.

Seven homes were evacuated. Army technical officers have carried out controlled explosions but nothing untoward has been found.

Insp Lorraine Dobson thanked local residents and the wider community for their patience.

Earlier, Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty said the alert had caused "serious disruption" to residents and businesses in the area, which is close to the Irish border.

"It is very obvious that those who created this alert care little about the community. The situation has been further compounded by the length of time it is now taking to deal with the alert," he said.

"When I was out there this morning they carried out a controlled explosion at a yard, and they said they had searching to do yet."

Concession Road, which had been closed from Cullaville to the border, has now re-opened.

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