A pipe bomb detonated in Newry last night, Thursday, 18 March No one was injured in the attack.

A loud bang was heard in the area when the device exploded just before 10.45pm at an address in the Ashgrove Road area.

Detective Inspector Handley said: "Police and ATO attended and examined the device which has now been taken aware for further investigation.

"Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries as a result of this utterly reckless attack, carried out in a residential area, with no consideration given to who could have injured or killed."

Police are working to establish a motive for the attack and are keen to speak to witnesses. DI Handley added "We would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a vehicle driving at speed along Ashgrove Road towards Damolly roundabout, and then onwards towards Carnbane Way at around the time of the attack. 

"We would also ask any anyone who may have captured mobile phone or dashcam footage to get in touch.

"If you have information that could help us, please call 101 and quote reference number 2424 of 18/03/21."

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via WWW.PSNI.POLICE.UK

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at /CRIMESTOPPERS-UK.ORG

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