Residents have been evacuated following a security alert in Newry this evening (Monday).
It is understood a device was thrown at a property in the Drumgullion Avenue area of the city.
At least 12 homes have been evacuated as a result.
A police spokesperson said: “Police are currently at the scene of a security alert in the Drumgullion Avenue area of Newry this afternoon, Monday, January 1.
“A number of homes have been evacuated and road users are asked to avoid the area at this time.
“An update will be issued in due course.”
Sinn Féin councillor, Geraldine Kearns, said: “A security alert is continuing at the Drumgullion Avenue area of Newry.
“This has caused disruption to families and local residents in the area as a result.
“I would urge people to avoid the area while this alert continues and follow advice from police.”
Cllr Kearns added: “Any residents of Drumgullion that are affected by the ongoing incident are being advised to go to Whitegates Centre there will be tea and coffee and a place to sit out of the rain until further advised. Thank you to all the team at Whitegates.”
Cllr Geraldine Kearns