For the RUC, Christmas was a period of special vigilance, especially along the Border.
Terrorists burned down the British Customs post at Killeen, on the main Newry-Dundalk road, on Christmas Eve. Flames were seen coming from the post shortly after the staff had left it at 10pm.
The building was a temporary wooden structure as the post had been attacked repeatedly. The RUC interrogated a number of suspects in the area but no arrests were made.
Ordinary police duties also gave the RUC extra work over the holiday, especially on Christmas Eve. Seven motor vehicles were stolen on Christmas Eve night/Christmas Day morning – all but one have been recovered.