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Inside Bandit Country, the Armagh police posting like no other where cops live in station under constant threat

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Controversy: PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne and colleagues outside Crossmaglen station in December 2019

Controversy: PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne and colleagues outside Crossmaglen station in December 2019

Controversy: PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne and colleagues outside Crossmaglen station in December 2019

Described as “bandit country” in 1974 by then Northern Ireland Secretary Mervyn Rees, south Armagh witnessed the most attacks against members of the security forces per square mile, quickly becoming known as the most dangerous posting for a member of the Army.

The heavily fortified Crossmaglen police and army base, with military watchtowers dotted along the rural landscape, was a symbol of the border conflict.


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