Pipe bomb discovered near city primary school

June 15, 2015

A viable pipe bomb device was found by police in the vicinity of a Newry Primary School last week.  The discovery was made by officers carrying out planned searches of wasteland in the Violet Hill area of Newry last Wednesday afternoon, in close proximity to St. Patrick’s Primary School.

During the search, which was conducted in response to localised criminal activity, police discovered a suspicious object which was subsequently examined by Army Technical Officers and declared a viable pipe bomb type device.

The prolonged search, which involved a heavy police presence in the area for most of Wednesday afternoon, concluded at around 8pm after the device was made safe and taken for forensic examination.

Detective Inspector David Henderson appealed to anyone with any information about the incident or any criminal activity in the Newry area to contact police in Ardmore on 101.