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Ammunition found in Lurgan housing estate

Ammunition was found in the Kilwilkie estate in Lurgan, Co Armagh

POLICE in Lurgan have recovered a quantity of ammunition, following what they say was a routine patrol in the Kilwilkie estate.

In a statement the PSNI say local neighbourhood officers patrolling the area yesterday morning "noticed a package strapped to a tree in an alleyway at Deramore Drive".

"The package was found to contain live bullets which have now been taken for further forensic examination."

A further search of the area was conducted this morning but nothing else was found.

The ammunition was discovered in the vicinity of where police recovered significant amounts of weapons, ammunitions and explosive materials believed to belong to the Continuity IRA in 2018.

Inspector Alwyn Peters said: “This excellent police work has taken these dangerous items out of the hands of the criminals who had recklessly left them in a residential area, close to a children’s play area, where children could quite easily have found them.

"Our enquiries into this matter are ongoing and I would ask anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity in this area recently or who has any information which could assist us to contact police in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 483 17/01/21".

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