Page last updated at 08:22 GMT, Monday, 22 February 2010

Residents return home after bomb find in Keady

Roads around the police station have been closed off
Roads around the police station were cordoned off during the alert

A security operation close to a police station in Keady, County Armagh, has ended following the discovery of a viable mortar bomb.

The alert began early on Friday morning after a suspicious van was abandoned in Davis Street.

About 40 people who were evacuated from their homes as a result of the bomb have been allowed to return.

The device was made safe by Army experts on Sunday and it has since been taken away for further examination.

Sinn Fein councillor Darren McNally said police should have done more to keep people informed.

"The police have been very slow to get information on to the ground with local people," he said.

"The community does not know what is happening."

But PSNI Chief Superintendent Alasdair Robinson said police understood the frustration of residents and had done "their utmost" to ensure the area was safe.

"It must be remembered that it is the people who abandoned this device who have put the lives of local people in danger and who have caused disruption and upset to the community," he said.

"Facilities and accommodation have been arranged by the appropriate agencies for residents who have been evacuated."

Police said the device "had the potential to cause death or serious injury".

No organisation has claimed responsibility for the mortar bomb, but dissident republicans are suspected to be behind it.



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