Security alert ongoing as suspicious device found in Omagh

PSNI are at the scene in Omagh
PSNI are at the scene in Omagh

A security alert is ongoing after a suspicious object was found in Omagh in Northern Ireland.

Police are on the scene in the centre of the Co Tyrone town following the discovery of the object close to Strule Arts Centre, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

A number of businesses have been evacuated and High Street, George's Street and Bridge Street have been closed to traffic.

Members of the public are advised to avoid the area of Omagh town centre while the alert continues.

There are no further details at this stage.

It is the second alert in the area in just over a week.

A series of security alerts at buildings due to host three police recruitment events caused widespread disruption last Friday.

Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, Belfast Metropolitan College and the Waterfoot Hotel in Londonderry were all evacuated, with streets around them also sealed off.

Dissident republicans were blamed for the viable device placed in the grounds of the Waterfoot Hotel.

The police recruitment event at the hotel was cancelled after the bomb was left at the property.

Nothing untoward was found at the two alerts in Omagh and Belfast.