'Fertiliser' found in Fintona alert van

Published Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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Police have discovered a substantial amount of 'fertiliser' inside a Transit van which sparked a security alert when it was stopped overnight on the outskirts of Fintona in Co Tyrone.

'Fertiliser' found in Fintona alert van
The scene of the security alert. (© Pacemaker)

Two men, 33 and 45, were arrested and are being questioned over the discovery.

The alert, which has been taking place in the Corbally Road area, has now ended and a small number of families who were evacuated have been allowed to return home.

Police said the materials found inside the van have been taken away for testing.

A spokesperson added: "A substantial quantity of material, believed to be fertiliser, has been removed from a Transit van which was stopped by police shortly before two o'clock this morning.

"The material has been taken away for detailed examination."

The arrested men remain in custody at the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station, meanwhile the last remaining roads which were closed in Fintona are to re-open soon.

A spokesperson continued: "Police apologise for any inconvenience and thank the community for their patience and support. We understand the disruption these operations can cause to the community but emphasise that the operation was necessary to keep people safe.

"Police enquiries are continuing."

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8 Comments
John in Maghera wrote (106 days ago):
Why - Do you ever wonder Why - Why would someone be moving fertiliser at 2am and if all innocent given the current heightened security climate Why would it be a problem to assist PSNI. Why did the arrested Irish speaker not just give the information requested - Why go out of your way and why make it difficult if you have nothing to hide?
Observer in Online wrote (106 days ago):
So "Realist in England" you think the PSNI just randomly stopped a van and found fertiliser? Maybe they acted on "intelligence",something you seem to lack with idiotic statements like, "the only people likely to have been guilty of such militancy in that farming area were in the police and British army"
G-MAN in N.Ireland wrote (106 days ago):
Those pesky farmers. Up to no good again!!!!!!
Bmormacnic in Limavady wrote (107 days ago):
I hope this opperation has not been a big mistake i know loads of farmers with fertilizer
John in Newtownabbey wrote (107 days ago):
This could have led to who knows what death and destruction, why can't these people take a hint and just go away? Good collar by PSNI.
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