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Suspected firearm found during security alert outside Cookstown

Police in Co Tyrone closed a stretch of the Drum Road outside Cookstown after a suspicious object was reported on Monday. Police later said a suspected firearm had been recovered.
Paul Ainsworth

POLICE have recovered a suspected firearm during a security alert in Co Tyrone.

The item was found following reports of a suspicious object in the Drum Road area outside of Cookstown that led to residents being evacuated from their homes.

Police received the report shortly before 10am, and officers closed a section of the Drum Road to motorists between Cookstown and Creggan.

The alert ended before 6pm and a PSNI spokesperson said: "A suspected firearm was recovered from the scene and removed for further examination.

"We have now been able to reopen the road and residents have returned to their homes while our investigation continues. I want to thank the local community for their cooperation and assistance during this time."

They added: "Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 509 of 28/11/22."

Mid Ulster SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone said the security alert had caused "significant disruption" to the rural area.

"There are a number of homes and businesses located in the vicinity of this alert and this is the last thing people want to be dealing with when trying to go about their lives," he said.

The MLA added: "Nobody wants to see scenes like this in our community, people in this area want to live in peace without incidents like this getting in the way."

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