19 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A suspicious device found in the rural hinterland of Ballybay on Thursday last was rendered safe by members of the Army Bomb Disposal Team.

The device, which was described as viable, was discovered by a member of the public in the Drumlane area.

Gardaí were called to the scene and the Army Bomb Disposal Team was alerted. The device was rendered safe after 40 minutes without the necessity for a controlled explosion. As a precaution a number of residences in the area were temporarily evacuated.

Garda investigations into the incident are continuing, and anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area last Wednesday evening or Thursday morning was requested to contact Ballybay Garda Station.

In a statement on the matter, the Defence Forces said that they deployed their Explosive Ordnance Disposal or EOD team at the request of the Gardaí after the device was found by a member of the public.

The statement continued:

“The EOD team arrived at 3.55 pm and made the device safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion. It was determined to have been viable and items of an evidential nature have been handed over to the Gardaí to assist with their investigation. The scene was declared safe at 4.35pm.”


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