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Remembrance Service in doubt as Omagh alert continues

 

A REMEMBRANCE Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Omagh is now in doubt as a security alert in the town continues following the discovery of a suspicious object close to the area in the early hours of this morning.

Several hundred people are due to attend the event which takes place at the junction of Drumragh Avenue, Mountjoy Road and Sedan Avenue, close to where the PSNI have erected a cordon following the discovery of a suspicious object. 

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The alert began at around 4am and the areas are currently closed to traffic. Members of the public are being asked to stay away from these areas while the operation is ongoing. It has been reported that a controlled explosion may have been carried out on the object.

Chief Inspector, Graham Dodds, said that they are continuing to work at the scene and that the safety of the public is ‘paramount.

“I am aware that many people are due to attend today’s event at the Cenotaph, however at this stage I am unable to say if or how the occasion will be affected,” he said.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to make the area safe and that we will continue to provide updates on any impact to the event. This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and must be unreservedly condemned.”

 

 

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