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Saturday 21 October 2017

'Bomb' outside garda station elaborate hoax

A Dublin garda station was evacuated after a suspicious device was found outside the entrance.

A garda officer at Ronanstown station discovered a box with wires protruding from it shortly before noon yesterday.

An immediate evacuation of the station was ordered and it was decided to call in an Army bomb disposal unit as a precaution.

All members of the force and civilian staff left the building as they awaited the arrival of the ordnance team.

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However, following an examination, the device was found to be an elaborate hoax.

Officers and other staff were allowed back into the station and the device was handed over to gardai to be tested for fingerprints.

A Garda spokesman said the discovery of the hoax device was made at 11.50am.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of the garda station or who can help the investigation is asked to contact gardai at Ronanstown or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Army bomb disposal officers have made safe a number of viable improvised explosive devices this month, including one found in a garden in Ronanstown, one in the Oldcourt area of Bray and one in Cootehill, Co Cavan.

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