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Suspected World War shell sparks Enniskillen security alert

The suspected First of Second World War shell was discovered during building work near Enniskillen police station

A suspected First or Second World War shell has been discovered near a police station in Co Fermanagh.

Police said it was dug up close to Enniskillen police station yesterday morning during building work, prompting a security alert.

Flats and a park were evacuated and a cordon was placed on part of Lough Erne.

PSNI chief inspector Graham Dodds said: "During building work in the vicinity of the station earlier today what was believed to be a historic piece of munition, possibly from the First or Second World Wars, was discovered.

"A security operation was put in place, with nearby flats and a local park evacuated, and ATO were tasked.

"We can confirm what had been unearthed was part of old munition, that posed no danger to the public.

"The scene has now been cleared and local residents who were evacuated have been allowed home."

During the war, Enniskillen police station was an army barracks.

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