13 Aug 2022

Magherafelt security alert ends after suspicious item declared a hoax

A security alert in Magherafelt has ended. Inspector Bownes said:  “A suspicious object found on the A31 Magherafelt bypass, between the Castledawson roundabout and the Aughrim Road, around 10:45am this morning has been examined by ATO and declared a hoax. “The A31 Magherafelt bypass, which was closed for a time, has re-opened. “I want to thank the public for their patience while we worked to keep the community safe. “Our enquiries are continuing and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area recently, or anyone with any information, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 453 of 14/11/18.” Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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