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Anger at 'morons' behind Strabane hoax

The people who left an elaborate hoax outside a shop in Strabane which forced 40 residents out of their homes have been described as moronic by the local council chairman.

Army Technical Officers carried out a controlled explosion on the device left outside a shop at Ballycolman Avenue before lunchtime yesterday. The area was sealed off for a time, preventing access to the nearby health centre.

Chairman of Strabane District Council, Brian McMahon, hit out at those responsible.

He said: “If there ever was a moronic act this was it. The placing of this elaborate hoax resulted in a large number of local residents, many of whom are elderly and infirm, being evacuated.

Community worker Andy Gallagher added: “I passed the owner of the shop standing over this device so that no member of the public would be hurt before he found out it was a hoax.”

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