Tuesday 23 January 2018

Two men arrested after suspected pipebombs and pistol found in car

Two men have been arrested
Two men have been arrested

Two men have been arrested after two suspected pipebombs and a fully loaded glock pistol were discovered in a car on a motorway in the midlands.

A man in his 40s and a teenager were arrested at the scene, on the M7 near Mountrath.

The men are believed to be Polish and are currently in custody in Portlaoise Garda Station following the discovery

The Army Bomb Disposal are en route to the scene and are expected to arrive shortly.

The discovery was made on the M7 close to Portlaoise shortly before 6pm.

It is not known if the devices are viable - this will be determined upon examination by the Army Bomb Disposal Team.

The incident has seen the M7 closed in places.

The M7 Limerick/ Dublin Rd northbound is closed at J21 Borris-in-Ossory due to the incident and diversions are in place.

Southbound on the M7, the road is also closed at J18 Portlaoise West due to the garda presence.

Those travelling southbound on the M7 towards Cork will be diverted off at J17 Portlaoise Centre and those heading to Limerick will be diverted off at J18 Portlaoise West. 

Motorists travelling on the M8 Cork/ Dublin Rd northbound will be diverted off at J3 Rathdowney.

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