Hoax device near Teebane condemned

THE hoax bomb alert in Cookstown near the Teebane crossroads earlier this week has been condemned as “disgusting”.

A suspicious object was discovered by a woman who was out walking at the Drum Road at 8am on Bank Holiday Monday and traffic was diverted as roads remained closed throughout the day.

Army Technical Officers carried out a controlled explosion and were able to confirm the device had been an elaborate hoax.

Ulster Unionist MLA for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend, condemned those responsible for the security alert.

“First of all, there is no place in society for this type of action and everyone across Northern Ireland should work to ensure that this never becomes acceptable,” said Mrs Overend.

“Those responsible must be stopped, and the PSNI and our security forces should be given all the resources they require to thwart them.”

Mrs Overend added that placing the hoax device near an area where a previous atrocity had taken place was in particularly bad taste.

“Twenty years on from the terrible atrocity in the same area, at Teebane, which took the lives of eight innocent men, the fact that there are those who still want to raise tensions and cause hurt and fear is a sad reflection on those who carried out this act.

“To want to stir up those awful memories of twenty years ago is just a cowardly act of self-interest and offers nothing to anyone in our community.

“I congratulate the PSNI for safely dealing with the incident and appeal to anyone who might have any information to bring it to the attention of police.”