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Pipe Bomb Attack at Strabane Police Station

01 Jul 2011

Police in Strabane received a telephone warning at 5pm on Thursday 30th June that a device had been thrown at Strabane Police Station on the Bowling Green Road on Wednesday night (29th June) and had failed to explode. Police carried out a search of the area and identified the device close to the perimeter fence of the station and a local play park. Army Technical Officers (ATO) were tasked to the scene and cordons were put in place.

ATO examined the object and declared it to be a viable pipe bomb type device with the potential to cause serious injury or death. The device was made safe and removed for further forensic examination.

Local Area Commander, Chief Inspector Andy Lemon has condemned those responsible and said "This is yet another example of the cowardly elements in our society who show no regard for the safety of local residents and the police officers who serve their community in Strabane.”

My officers were first made aware of the device shortly before 5pm this evening. A caller stated that the device had been thrown at the station last night but had not exploded. Police immediately carried out a search of the area and recovered the object close to the perimeter fence and a local play park. It does not bearing thinking of what could have happened had a child at the park discovered the device before anyone was aware of the potential danger.

This is the third time that such an attack has occurred in this area and the residents of Courtrai Park have suffered as a result.

These criminal elements are not welcome in our society and I would appeal to residents to remember the dangers not only to police officers but also, as in this instance to their own children. We appreciate the co operation of local communities this far. I would appeal to residents for further help as we work to reduce the potential of further harm and drive this small minority from our streets.

Anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area or who has any information is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111