The Army has been summoned to a graveyard in Coleraine after the discovery of a suspicious item or items.
The cemetery adjoins St John’s Roman Catholic church in the town, and it is believed the discovery may have been made in a burial plot which was due to be used tomorrow.
The DUP mayor of the town George Duddy said that the incident began to unfold from around 5pm.
He said: “A grave digger was opening the grave with a mechanical digger, and noticed something suspicious as he was going his job”.
There is a rumour that the discovery was of two handguns – but this is only speculation.
Councillor Duddy understands that the plot was unused, and that the discovery was made only around one foot down into the earth.
He said: “The other side of this is that there’s a family sitting out there somewhere who were going to bury a loved-one in it tomorrow, not knowing what’s happening or whether that’s going to go ahead.”
He imagines that a wider search of the graveyard may have to be carried out.
“I’ve never come across anything like this before – not in this part of the world,” he said.