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Armed men mount illegal roadblock

police car

An illegal road block set up by armed and masked men in south Armagh has been described as "sinister and unwelcome" by SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley.

Police said a patrol witnessed the men stopping vehicles in the Meigh area near Newry on Friday evening.

A PSNI spokesperson said the patrol pulled back to allow the situation to be fully evaluated.

Mr Bradley said the men had handed out leaflets asking people not to co-operate with the PSNI and Irish police.

"This is an unwelcome development and harks back to a time which most people here have moved on from and want to leave firmly in the past," he said.

"I am confident that people in the area will not allow this type of activity which was never welcome, to deter them from moving forward into a better future.

"I would ask anyone who has any information regarding this incident to convey it to the police without delay."

Police have asked for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.

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