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Three security alerts cause disruption in Derry, Lisburn and Newry

By Brendan McDaid

Police were called to deal with three separate security alerts which caused disruption across the province yesterday.

In Londonderry, three men were being questioned about dissident republican activity after an alert close to the border with Donegal.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch arrested the men in the Derry area yesterday afternoon.

Police have confirmed the arrests of the men, aged 54, 49 and 46, were in relation to a security alert at Buncrana Road.

Army bomb disposal officers were yesterday tasked to the scene at one of the city’s busiest gateways.

The Buncrana Road links the city with Co Donegal and was sealed off after the alarm was raised at around 4pm.

The road was cordoned off near the Skeoge roundabout, beside several businesses including a supermarket, car wash, currency exchange and takeaway restaurants.

Meanwhile, at a second alert in Lisburn, a suspicious object was found by police after they were told a device had been thrown at a house in the city.

School Lane was closed for a time at its junctions with the Creanys Town Road and the Glenavy Road yesterday afternoon.

Army bomb experts were called to examine the device.

According to one councillor, two Ulster flags were found pinned to the door of a Catholic chapel close to the scene of the alert on Sunday morning.

SDLP councillor Patrick Catney said he believed those responsible for both incidents were not from the local area.

“There’s no place for this. This is just intimidation and it’s not coming from people here,” he said.

In Newry, police were called to examine a suspicious object at the Derrybeg Lane area yesterday evening.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Councillor John McArdle condemned the incident and said it was “a major disruption and inconvenience” for residents.

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