An illegal road block set up by armed and masked men in south Armagh has been described as “sinister and unwelcome” by SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley.
Police said a patrol witnessed the men stopping vehicles in the Meigh area near Newry on Friday evening.
A PSNI spokesperson said the patrol pulled back to allow the situation to be fully evaluated.
Mr Bradley said the men had handed out leaflets asking people not to co-operate with the PSNI and Irish police.
“This is an unwelcome development and harks back to a time which most people here have moved on from,” he said last night.