Hoax device found in Strabane bomb alert

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Hoax device found in Strabane bomb alert thumbnailStrabane footbridge was closed on Saturday night into Sunday evening

A STRABANE MLA has branded those behind a hoax bomb alert in the town as "idiotic".

On Saturday night police received a report that a device had been left close to the footbridge linking Townsend/ Meetinghouse Street and the Ballycolman areas.

Officers confirmed that the report had been made to a local newsroom.

This prompted the closure of the structure and cordons were thrown up while searches were conducted.

Following an extensive search of the area on Saturday night and Sunday, police confirmed the alert was a hoax.

The popular walkway eventually opened to the public around 5pm on Sunday evening.

The searches involved the attendance of Army Bomb Technical (ATO) officers and a PSNI Air Support Unit. There were no evacuations.

Speaking after the alert had ended, PSNI Inspector Vince Redmond said: "A device discovered close to the footbridge in Strabane has now been declared a hoax.

"We understand the frustrations felt yesterday and today by the local community but the police response was necessary to ensure everyone's safety."


Appealing for anyone with information to come forward, the officer added: "The responsibility for the disruption lies with those who left this hoax device in the area and I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact us on 101."

Local SDLP MLA., Daniel McCrossan, said he had received a number of calls and messages about the incident which, he said, caused great inconvienence particularly those who wanted to use the footbridge to attend Easter Sunday Masses.

He said "countless indiviudals" were affected by the alert and the subsequent security operation.

"Those causing this idiotic havoc need to realise that it's local people they're harming and disturbing," he added.




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