Page last updated at 17:33 GMT, Saturday, 20 March 2010

Magherafelt alert device 'viable'

Army bomb disposal squad
Army bomb experts were sent to the scene

Police have said that an object discovered in Magherafelt on Saturday was a 'viable device'.

A number of homes and businesses were evacuated at about 0930 GMT as an army technical team attended and carried out a controlled explosion.

A police spokesperson condemned those who left the device, accusing them of jeopardising the safety of the police and public.

The spokesperson also thanked the public for their patience.

Meanwhile a suspicious object is still being examined close to a railway line outside Newry.

Army technical experts have been called to the track between Killeen and Meigh.

Three trains laid on for rugby fans travelling to Dublin for the game between Ireland and Scotland have been cancelled.

Anyone booked on the trains to Dublin will be refunded. Other rail passengers are being transferred by bus between Newry and Dundalk.

A number of security alerts, all of which turned out to be hoaxes, caused widespread disruption in Belfast, Londonderry and Ballymena on Friday.

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