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Masked gunmen set up illegal road block in south Armagh

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.

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