Northern Ireland

Homes evacuated following ‘suspicious object’ discovery in Armagh

Security alert follows probe into loud bang last Friday

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A security alert in Armagh has been sparked by the discovery of a suspicious object, police have said. (Niall Carson/PA)

Homes have been evacuated following a security alert in Armagh.

Police said a suspicious object was discovered in the Ballynahone Crescent area of the city on Tuesday evening.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “A number of nearby homes have been evacuated and cordons are in place in the vicinity of Ballynahone Avenue. An update will be provided in due course.”

The alert follows an investigation by police into a loud bang heard in the Ballynahone Crescent area on Friday night.

It is understood that police were initially investigating the report as a possible partial roof collapse in the area.

“We are now treating this report as a suspected pipe bomb incident, and officers have returned to scene this afternoon, Tuesday, to continue with enquiries,” a PSNI spokesperson said earlier on Tuesday.

“Anyone who may have any information which may assist with the investigation is asked to contact 101, and quote reference number 658 of 30/01/24.”