Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

“Nothing untoward” found in Fords Cross security alert

A reported suspicious device at the republican monument at Fords Cross near Silverbridge sparked a security alert on Tuesday evening that led to road closures in the area lasting several hours.

The operation began shortly after 7.00pm when police, having received a report of a suspicious object at the Hunger Strike memorial located at the crossroads, set up a security cordon around the area and closed all approach roads to traffic.  

Army bomb disposal technicians were tasked to the scene and searched fields and properties, including the nearby Happy Faces crèche, while the bomb disposal robot was also in use.

The operation continued until around midnight and police announced the following day that after extensive searches “nothing untoward” was found.

The incident came in the wake of a number of attacks on republican memorials in the Newry and south Armagh area just days beforehand and has prompted concern that republican memorials across the district are being targeted in a spate of coordinated attacks.