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Items seized during security alert at Irvinestown primary school

A security alert near a primary school in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh has ended.

Earlier St Paul's Primary School was evacuated because of the security operation.

A suspicious object was found at the gates of the primary school, as parents were dropping off their children on Monday.

Inspector Rory Hoy said: “When it comes to public safety we cannot take chances, and we would like to thank local people and the wider community in Irvinestown for their patience and understanding throughout the operation.

“A number of items have been seized by police following the search and taken away for further forensic examination. 

“I would appeal for anyone with information about this incident to please contact us. It is only with your help that we can make our communities safer."

Condemning those responsible, Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said: "It is disgraceful in today’s society that people want to put the lives of children at risk, or even disrupt their daily routine and education.

"The mindset of such individuals is something that is not wanted within our society, the community should not give any support to these people, indeed they should go further and report them to the authorities."

DUP councillor Raymond Farrell said: " I am really disturbed at the events in Irvinestown this morning and particularly so that a suspect device is left close to a local primary school and on a busy stretch of road.

"In a week when young children and new beginners are getting settled in to their new school environment this sort of activity is totally unacceptable."

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