Wired keg deemed ‘non-suspicious’

March 23, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

A beer keg with wires protruding from it, which was discovered lying at the roadside on the Loughross Road in Crossmaglen, has been deemed as ‘non-suspicious’ by police.

The object sparked a security alert on Monday evening last when police said they were investigating reports of a ‘suspicious object’ having been abandoned in the area.

Residents on the Loughross Road were informed of the alert and police advised them, and members of the public, not to approach anything suspect but to contact them immediately.

By Tuesday evening PSNI officers had been back in touch with residents to inform them that the alert had passed and that the object was deemed to be safe.

However, people living close to where the beer keg lay insist that police did not examine it and that they were unaware of any security alert in the area.

One resident, who lives close by, said he was not told where the object was located and did not see any police activity in the area.

It’s unclear how police have deemed the keg to be safe without fully examining it but a spokesperson for the PSNI insisted that ‘following local enquiries’ it had deemed the object ‘non-suspicious.’

They also thanked the community for ‘their vigilance in reporting unusual or suspicious items.’