Military base set to close

A military base in County Tyrone is to be closed, the police have said.

The decision to close the base in Clogher was announced by Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton on Tuesday.

A Ministry of Defence statement said the base was being closed to ensure military resources were being used effectively and efficiently.

However, it stressed the move would not affect the Army's ability to support the police when required.

The closure of the facility is expected to take about six months to complete.

Ulster Unionist Party assembly member Tom Elliot said: "It is a huge mistake to close down the base because it leaves our border area vulnerable."

Sinn Fein Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said the decision was "long overdue".

"The British government and particularly the NIO have frustrated progress on demilitarisation," she said.

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