Bomb threat which closed Enniskillen condemned

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There has been cross-community condemnation of a bomb threat against DUP MLA Arlene Foster’s office which closed Enniskillen for most of the day.

The threat caused significant evacuations in the area and effectively closed the town centre during a busy Christmas shopping day.

Earlier Inspector Christian Bradley said that they had attended the area “following a report of a suspicious object”.

Properties were been evacuated and East Bridge Street and Queen Elizabeth Road were closed to traffic.

A PSNI spokeswoman said tonight that the security alert has now ended.

“Nothing untoward was found,” she said. “Police have thanked the public for their patience.”

However there was widespread condemnation for those who made the threat.

Fermanagh South Tyrone UUP MP Tom Elliot said: “I unreservedly condemn the threat at Arlene Foster’s office which caused great disruption in Enniskillen today.

“The targeting of anyone, including a politician or political party, is nothing then less than an attack on the democratic process itself and a bid to instil fear in the wider community. These tactics failed before and they will fail again.”

Mrs Foster said a threat containing a recognised code word was received, resulting the evacuation of the office and surrounding properties.

“Those behind this alert have not just disrupted the work of my constituency office but also many businesses in the centre of Enniskillen,” she said. “It is right that for the safety of everyone the threat is taken seriously, but it has an impact on a large number of people on a busy working day.

“It is clear that those responsible have absolutely no regard for the people of Enniskillen or anywhere else as they use the failed tactics of intimidation and threat. I hope that the police can identify whoever is responsible for this and ensure they are brought to justice swiftly.”

Sinn Fein MLA Phil Flanagan said that those behind the threat have done nothing but attack the community going about Christmas shopping.

“The threat of a bomb in the offices DUP MLA Arlene Foster is not only an attack on democracy but also against the entire community of Enniskillen,” he said.

“Everyone has a right to free speech and to express their politics free from threat or harassment and I hope that this incident doesn’t turn out to be more serious than it is.

“The Christmas period is the most important time of the year for small local businesses and this disruption has put these traders under pressure.

“Enniskillen is competing against other local towns and cities for Christmas trade and these threats do nothing in attracting people into the town.

“This attack on the office of Arlene Foster has done nothing but disrupt the entire community and those involved should get off the backs of all the people.”