Security alert in south Armagh

Police check
Police check

Unionist representatives in the Newry and Armagh area have welcomed the recovery of ammunition near Forkhill.

Three homes on Captains Road were evacuated while Army technical experts examined the scene of the discovery yesterday.

Captains Road, Carrickasticken Road, New Road and the Newry Road were closed for a time during the alert but had all reopened by last night.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy said he was pleased the ammunition had been recovered, but was concerned that such activity was still taking place.

“I very much welcome the police success in this find and I’m encouraged by the fact that clearly they have been acting on information,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a worry that these events are still taking place, but we can welcome the fact that the local community, to an extent, are at least cooperating with the PSNI,” Mr Kennedy added.

DUP MLA William Irwin has also welcomed the removal of the ammunition.

Speaking last night, he said: ”Firstly I would welcome the good work of the PSNI and Army technical officers in removing this quantity of munitions from circulation, and indeed the public in this area for providing the information as to its whereabouts.”

Mr Irwin added: “We have been reminded of late that there are those in society who are still wedded to the idea of violence and mayhem in a bid to alter the democratic will of the people.

“However, as is proven by the passing of information to the police, the public are very much against this type of reckless behaviour.

“It is to be welcomed that this material has been removed from circulation amongst less savoury elements of our society.”

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police have recovered a quantity of munitions which has been taken for further forensic examination.

“Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience at this time.”