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Suspicious object discovered in Lurgan declared ‘an elaborate hoax’

The security alert at the Manor Drive area of Lurgan is now over.

At around 7:35am this morning (Monday), it was reported that a suspicious object was located in the area.

Officers and ATO attended and the object, which has been declared as an elaborate hoax has been taken away for further forensic examinations.

A number of residents who had been evacuated from their homes have been allowed to return.

Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor said: “I would like to thank the local community and especially those directly impacted for their patience and understanding while police worked to make the area safe.

“Police are now working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area, to contact police quoting reference number 169 25/01/21.

“You can call 101, or you can submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/ .”

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