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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 18:18 GMT
Suspicious object found in shop
Army technical expert
Army technical officers have dealt with a suspicious object found at a shop in County Down.

The package was discovered in the Menary's store in the Marcus Street area of Newry at about 1340 GMT on Thursday.

The shop was evacuated and the area was cordoned off for a time.

Police advised key holders in the city to check their premises.

Army bomb experts who defused the device said it was crude but could have exploded.

Vigilant

Dissident republicans have been linked to fire bombings which destroyed several stores across the province.

At least 16 devices have been discovered in Lisburn, Newry, Antrim, Londonderry, Newtownabbey and Ballymena.

Police urged shopkeepers to continue to check for incendiary devices during the annual sales.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland also appealed for shoppers to be vigilant.

"If you are out shopping and you see something that looks out of place, tell a member of staff who can call the police," he said.




SEE ALSO:
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Worker foils fire bomb attack
28 Dec 04 |  Northern Ireland
Incendiary found in town store
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Shop damaged in fire bomb attack
22 Dec 04 |  Northern Ireland
Dissident link to arson attacks
21 Dec 04 |  Northern Ireland


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