'Viable device' near police station
Published 31/12/2012 | 15:20
A viable pipe bomb-type device has been discovered near a police station in Northern Ireland.
Elderly residents were evacuated from their homes in Tandragee, Co Armagh, but have been allowed to return as the security alert has ended.
Army technical officers examined the object close to the gates of the town's PSNI station, a short distance south of Portadown.
Newry and Armagh DUP Stormont assembly member William Irwin condemned those responsible.
"This is a very concerning incident especially in a rural town like Tandragee and it is especially concerning when so many residents, many of whom are elderly, have had to leave their homes whilst this suspect device is dealt with," he said.
"No one in Tandragee wants this type of disruption and indeed considering the threat to our police officers remains so high at the moment, having devices left at police stations is extremely reckless and totally abhorrent.
"Young families also go for walks out the Armagh road and pass the station gates, which only adds to the risk this suspect device could have posed."