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Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin MLA has slammed those responsible for leaving a beer keg explosive device at Camlough lake.

Mr Irwin stated, “This is yet another reckless incident which is bringing yet further disruption and indeed risk to people in the area. I understand that the device is being examined by technical teams and hopefully this device can be safely dealt with.

Looking at the pictures it certainly is worrying to see and it has obviously been designed to injure or kill. This type of reckless action really is beyond reason and any right thinking person would outrightly condemn this activity. I thank again the PSNI and security forces for their swift actions in dealing with this very real threat to public safety.

There have been a number of security alerts in recent days and indeed a similar device was placed at Clay Lake Keady. This is a further escalation of this worrying trend. I would call on those behind this activity to cease immediately and would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the PSNI.”