Suspicious object found in shop

30 December, 2004, 16:15 GMT

Army technical officers are examining a suspicious object found at a shop in County Down.

The package was discovered in the Menary's store in the Marcus Street area of Newry at about 1340 GMT on Thursday.

The shop was evacuated and the area was cordoned off.

Police advised key holders in the city to check their premises.

Dissident republicans have been linked to fire bombings which destroyed several stores across the province.

Devices have been discovered in Lisburn, Newry, Antrim, Derry, Newtownabbey and Ballymena.

On Wednesday, shop owners across Northern Ireland were urged to thoroughly check their premises after an incendiary device was found in a supermarket near Lisburn.

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