Co Fermanagh alert was ‘deliberate hoax’ (UTV)

Police have said a security alert in Donagh, Co Fermanagh was a deliberate hoax.

A suspicious object reported near St Joseph’s Primary School in the village on Wednesday sparked the alert.

No homes were evacuated but a number of businesses were forced to close.

Roads in the area have now reopened after being closed overnight while army bomb experts examined the object.

PSNI Superintendent Simon Walls has condemned the incident.

“Those responsible for placing this hoax device have done nothing but cause disruption to people in the area and waste the time of officers who are much better employed in dealing with community concerns and crimes that impact on local people,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone affected by the disruption for their patience while the operation to ensure their safety was carried out. I would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area in the days before the alert or anyone with any information about this incident to contact police.”

Sinn Féin Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Sean Lynch has criticised the PSNI’s handling of the alert.

“Local people’s lives are being put at risk both by those that left this device and by the inaction of the PSNI,” he said.

“I understand the PSNI’s need to be cautious when approaching such reports but to allow people just to travel past the suspect device is irresponsible. The PSNI have a duty to protect the public and their failure in this incident to observe that does not instil confidence in the local population.”

DUP MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Arlene Foster said those behind the series of recent security alerts do not have support from the community.

“They are unrepresentative and only serving to inconvenience hardworking people who want to get on with their lives,” she said.

“Such actions are not furthering any political objective or ideal. They are the deeds of cowardly terrorists who operate under the cover of darkness and in the shadows.”


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