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Remembrance Sunday BOMB SCARE: Omagh parade suspended over security alert

November 12, 2017 10:24 AM
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Remembrance Sunday BOMB SCARE: Omagh parade suspended over security alert

REMEMBRANCE Sunday commemorations have been suspended in a Northern Irish town after a suspicious object was discovered near the cenotaph.

Several hundred people were expected to attend the Remembrance Sunday parade in the centre of Omagh today.

However police have been forced to set up a cordon around the area after a suspicious object was discovered in the early hours of this morning.

The parade has been suspended while police conduct an investigation. Police do not know if it will be possible for it to continue.

Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said he was unable to say whether or how the Remembrance Sunday events at Omagh’s Cenotaph will be affected by the bomb threat.

He said: “Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience whilst we continue to work at the scene. The safety of the community is of paramount importance and we will not take any risks.

“I am aware many people are due to attend today’s event at the Cenotaph however at this stage I am unable to say if or how the occasion will be affected.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to make the area safe and that we will continue to provide updates on any impact to today’s event.

“This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and must be unreservedly condemned.”

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