Crossmaglen security alert 'an elaborate hoax'

A suspicious object was left close to the north-south electricity interconnector near Crossmaglen A suspicious object was left close to the north-south electricity interconnector near Crossmaglen

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A security alert in south Armagh has ended after several days of disruption.

A suspicious object found in Crossmaglen, close to the north-south electricity interconnector pylons, was an "elaborate hoax", police said.

The alert began on Tuesday after police received a telephoned warning that a bomb had been left in the town. A recognised codeword was used.

A gas cylinder has been taken away from the scene at Dundalk Road for forensic examination.

The pylons link the electricity grids of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Chief Inspector David Beck said the local community had shown patience while police carried out searches.

"It is important to condemn those who caused this upset - the overwhelming number of people in the community do not want this type of activity, and we as a police service will continue to work to bring those responsible before the courts.

"I make no apologies for the duration of the policing operation, which resulted in two homes being affected - however, the work, experience and expertise of officers on the ground resulted in a positive outcome."

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