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Ballymena security alert ends as police deal with second suspicious device in Newtownbutler

Police have appealed for residents not to touch any suspicious objects in the area (stock photo)
Police have appealed for residents not to touch any suspicious objects in the area (stock photo)

A security alert in Ballymena has ended after Army Technical Officers dealt with what is believed to have been a practice grenade.

The alert in Rosses MMeadow in the town has ended.

A second alert in the Wattlebridge Road area of the Newtownbutler is ongoing.

Superintendent Clive Beatty said: “The alert follows a report that a suspicious object has been found in the vicinity of Wattlebridge and police are currently investigating.

“The B533 Road heading southbound from Newtownbutler will be closed and motorists are advised to seek alternative main routes for their journey.

“I am appealing to members of the public living in, or travelling through the area to be vigilant and not to touch any suspicious objects. The safety of the community is of paramount importance and anyone with any information in relation to this incident should contact police on 101.”

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