A five-day security alert in Newry finally ended last night with police describing items found on the Belfast to Dublin railway line as “an elaborate hoax”.
During the marathon investigation, officers attending the scene between Meigh and Killeen at the weekend were fired upon in an attack being described as “attempted murder” by the local police chief.
PSNI Area Commander Chief Inspector Sam Cordner blasted the “reckless” behaviour of “terrorist criminals” who shot at police and paralysed the area. He has appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.
The police can be contacted in Newry on 0800 600 8000 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0845 555 111.
A stretch of the A1 linking Newry and Dundalk was closed on Monday as the police operation drew to a close. Both carriageways of the normally busy road were closed and traffic diverted.
But all roads and the railway line were reopened shortly after 8pm last night.