Man arrested in Co Fermanagh after discovery of explosive device in Co Louth

Device was discovered by Gardaí in Ravensdale on Sunday, prompting searches by PSNI in Fermanagh

A multi-agency search operation was launched in the Lake Road area of Craigavon after a report of a concern for safety, the PSNI said
Police have detained a man in the Letterbreen area of Co Fermanagh after a device was found by Gardaí in Co Louth on Sunday. (Niall Carson/PA)

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in a cross-border policing operation after the discovery of an improvised explosive device in Co Louth.

The man was arrested under the Terrorism Act on Sunday during a search of a property in the Letterbreen area of Co Fermanagh.

The arrest by detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit followed the discovery of the device in a search by Gardaí in the Ravensdale area of Co Louth on Sunday morning.

The device was removed for further forensic examination.

A PSNI spokesperson said the man arrested on Sunday was taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast for questioning, where he remained on Sunday evening.

A vehicle and other items were also seized during the search in Letterbreen.

A search was also carried out in Enniskillen on Sunday, and a second vehicle was seized. Police also searched a property in the Garrison area of Co Fermanagh.

”Our investigation is continuing and we will be providing full support to An Garda Síochána as enquiries continue,” the spokesperson added.