Bomb residents’ patience praised

July 20, 2010

Area Commander for Newry and Mourne, Chief Inspector Sam Cordner praised the patience and forebearance of the residents of Carrickrovaddy Road in Newtownhamilton as a clearance operation in the area drew to a close.

The security alert began on Saturday evening, 10 July, when a roadside device detonated. The explosion caused damage to a bridge and road and, fortunately, no one was injured.

Police were forced to take a cautious approach to clearing the device as the explosion was believed to have been a ploy to lure officers into the area. The result of this was that residents were put out of their homes and put to major inconvenience for five days.

Chief Inspector Sam Cordner said: “The support we have received from the community of Newtownhamilton over the past few days has been heartening and shows clearly that no one wants to return to the days of the past. I want to thank the residents of Carrickrovaddy Road for their patience throughout the clearance operation and understanding of the precautions and procedures we have to follow.

“This was a large device which could have caused death or serious injury to anyone who was close by when it detonated. It is clear that those who planted this device have no care or thought for anyone in the community of Newtownhamilton. While we believe that this attack was aimed at police anyone, including children, could have been hurt.

“I want to reassure the residents of Newry and Mourne that attacks like this will not stop us from delivering the personal and professional policing service that they deserve. My officers are committed to protecting the communities they serve and nothing will deter us from that.

“I would like to once again ask for the help of the local community as we continue our investigation into this incident. I would ask anyone who has information, no matter how small they may think it is, to contact us on 0845 600 8000.”