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Roads again have opened after a three day security operation in the vicinity of Camlough Lake and the crude device comprising a beer keg attached to a battery could have caused serious harm according to the PSNI.

The device was placed at the corner of Newtown Road and Sturgan Brae behind the wall surrounding Camlough Lake.

The beer keg device, barely visible in the exact centre of this image. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The beer keg device, barely visible in the exact centre of this image. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

A similar incident took place at Lough Neagh near Maghery and it has been cleared as well. Chief Superintendent Andy Freeburn, South Area Commander said: “I can confirm that both areas have now been made safe and we have removed two devices for forensic examination.

"These devices were of crude construction, but could have caused serious harm.  We are at the very early stages of an investigation and are keeping an open mind as to the motivation.  

"I would like to thank local communities for their support and patience as we worked to keep people safe.  

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed any unusual activity or anything out of the ordinary in either the Newtown Road area of Camlough or in the vicinity of Milltown, Maghery prior to 22 March."

You can contact the PSNI on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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