Northern Ireland police investigating ‘republican plot to blow up lorry crossing Irish Sea on Brexit day’

Police in Northern Ireland[1] are investigating a suspected dissident republican plot to blow up a lorry due to cross the Irish Sea on Brexit [2]day. Detectives said an explosive device had been “deliberately and recklessly” attached to a haulage company’s lorry “in the full knowledge and expectation that it would put the driver of that vehicle, road users and the wider public at serious risk of injury and possible death”. They linked the failed terror plot to the discovery of a bomb in an industrial estate in the town of Lurgan, County Armargh, on Tuesday.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland[4] (PSNI) first received a report of an explosive device in a lorry in Belfast docks on 31 January, the day the UK left the EU.

The report indicated the lorry was due to travel by ferry to Scotland. Northern Irish and Scottish police, the ferry company, and Belfast Harbour authorities launched a search for the device but nothing was found and the ship sailed safely to its destination. On Monday, PSNI received a further report that the device was on a lorry belonging to a named haulage company.

Police and the firm searched about 400 vehicles over the next 24 hours before locating the bomb on a truck in Silverwood industrial estate in Lurgan. 

The device was made safe by a bomb safety expert.

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