Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now

Elderly people evacuated in 'elaborate bomb hoax' in Tyrone

The PSNI has condemned the incident, and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Innisfree Gardens
Innisfree Gardens

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have condemned an ‘elaborate hoax’ that forced the evacuation of a number of residents, including some elderly people.

A suspicious device was found in the garden of a house in the Innisfree Gardens area of Strabane yesterday afternoon.

PSNI officers and bomb disposal experts were sent to the scene, and after examining the device declared it to be a hoax.

Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said:

“During this incident a number of residents, including some elderly people, had to be evacuated from their homes.

Incidents such as this cause distress and anxiety to those affected by it. It also causes disruption to the local community and I would condemn the actions of those responsible.

The PSNI has appealed for anyone with witnessed suspicious activity in the area, or who may have information, to contact police at Strabane.

Read: Van driver told bomb is a hoax after masked men told him to drive it to a police station >

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

About the author:

Nicky Ryan

Read next: