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Arms haul found buried in Cookstown

By Michael McHugh

Police have recovered firearms and ammunition during a search operation in Cookstown.

A member of the public raised concerns about objects he had discovered at Tullyveagh Road on Friday.

PSNI Detective Inspector Will Tate said: "The items we have recovered include several rounds of ammunition and a handgun.

"The condition of the items and other evidence gathered at the scene would suggest they have been buried at that location for many years."

They have been sent for forensic testing.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Trevor Wilson has welcomed the arms find.

Mr Wilson said: "I want to commend the member of the public who came across this weapon for acting swiftly and alerting the police to the find.

"I would appeal to anyone who may be able to assist the PSNI with their enquiries regarding this find to contact the police on 101."

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