Buchanan condemns Omagh security alert

12 November 2017

West Tyrone MLA Tom Buchanan has expressed disgust at those behind a security alert in Omagh this morning, which has disrupted the annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration.

Thomas Buchanan MLA

Thomas Buchanan

Security cordons are in place around the Tyrone County War Memorial which sits at the junction of Bridge Street and Drumragh Avenue in the town.

Mr Buchanan is amongst those attending events in the town and he said, “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.

Omagh has a long association of service within our Armed Forces and those who served came from all backgrounds and traditions. The cowardice of those who left this device stands in stark contrast to the bravery of those who are commemorated today.

Whilst the annual Remembrance Service has been able to continue in Omagh Academy, there has been an impact on the events which would normally take place. It is right that the security forces take all the necessary precautions and I would pay tribute to their efforts in keeping people safe.”

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