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Anger at Continuity IRA graffiti in Omagh

RUC officers and firefighters inspect the damage caused by a bomb in Market Street, Omagh. Picture: Paul McErlane/PA Wire
Mairead Holland

GRAFFITI supporting the Continuity IRA has appeared along a main route into Omagh, prompting calls for the council to remove it.

The writing, which urges people to 'Join CIRA', was scrawled on a wall on the Great Northern Road.

In 1998, 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed and more than 220 others injured by a bomb planted by dissident republicans.

This week a number of people took to social media urging the council to deal with the graffiti.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said yesterday it was making arrangements to get it removed.

Meanwhile, ammunition was seized yesterday in Co Armagh by detectives from PSNI's Organised Crime Unit.

Detective Inspector Barry Hamilton said the find was made during a search in the North Circular Road area of Lurgan as part of an ongoing investigation into criminality in the area.

A quantity of suspected cannabis was also seized.

Both the ammunition and suspected drugs were taken away for further examination.

Detective Inspector Hamilton added: “Those who involve themselves in organised crime should be under no illusion as to our commitment and determination to identify, pursue and arrest anyone suspected of involvement in criminality and see them convicted for their crimes.

“I would appeal to members of the public to come forward with any information about criminality in their area, including the supply or use of illegal drugs."

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