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Omagh wreath laying ceremony postponed by alert

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The planned Remembrance Sunday wreath laying ceremony in Omagh has been postponed as a result of the security alert on Drumragh Avenue.

Police have described the bomb threat close to the cenotaph in Omagh as "sickening" and labelled those behind it "cowards".

A suspicious object was discovered on Sunday morning in the Co Tyrone town, leading to officers closing the area off.

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PSNI chief inspector Graham Dodds said, "This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and must be unreservedly condemned."

The chief inspector added, "I would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to make the area safe and that we will continue to provide updates on any impact to today's event."

DUP MLA Tom Buchanan expressed disgust at the incident, saying, “Remembrance Sunday is a day when we pause to commemorate all those from every background who paid the supreme sacrifice.

"It is disgusting that anyone would target a war memorial at any time, but on Remembrance Sunday it is an act of particular hatred."

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly condemned those responsible.

“Everyone has a right to remember their dead with dignity and respect and those responsible for this security alert have shown complete disregard for all the people of this community."

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