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'Nothing untoward found' during Fermanagh security alert

A security alert in Co Fermanagh has come to an end with "nothing untoward found".

DUP leader Arlene Foster had earlier expressed concern over the discovery of a suspicion device.

The PSNI has confirmed it attended the alert between Garrison and Belcoo after responding to a report a suspect device had been left in the area at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

Inspector Rory Hoy said: "An operation was immediately put in place to secure the area, with a section of the Cashel Road closed from its junction with Lattone Road and the border closed to ensure the safety of the public whilst enquiries were conducted.

"ATO were tasked to the scene. Following a search of the area, nothing untoward was found.

"The safety of the community is of paramount importance and we will not take any risks, however, I want to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during this operation.

"Anyone with information about this incident, or who saw any suspicious activity in area in recent days, is asked to contact police on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 1050  of 17/12/17.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.""

The DUP leader said: "It is obviously very worrying for anyone in the area that a device has been discovered. Whilst the full details are not yet known, there is obviously the potential that such a device could have caused death or injury.

Sinn Fein MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Jemma Dolan said those responsible had shown "complete disregard for the community".

"The discovery of a suspicious device on the Cashel Road has caused disruption to those families living there," she said.

"We are now into the second day of road closures and while we need to ensure the safety of local people this is the last thing they need in the week before Christmas."

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