A viable device found during a security alert in Bellaghy has been taken away for further examination.
A number of residents who were evacuated this morning following reports of a suspicious object in the Beatrice Villas area of the town have now returned to their homes.
Detective Inspector Kelly thanked the public for their patience.
"Shortly before 8:50am, police attended a report of a suspicious object located in the area. The object, which has been declared as a crude but viable device has been taken away for further forensic examinations," he said.
“A number of residents who were evacuated from their homes, have now returned and we would like to thank those affected by this alert for their patience during this proactive policing operation.
“Our enquiries are continuing and we would ask anyone with any information which could assist with our enquiries to call detectives in Cookstown on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 349 21/05/21.
"A report can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”
The security alert has now ended.
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