Keep up with Armagh i

Security alert in Tyrone village where DCI Caldwell vigil held

DCI John Caldwell

A security alert is currently ongoing in a County Tyrone village where a vigil for DCI John Caldwell was held earlier today (Saturday).

Police and specialist bomb disposal squads have descended on the Dervaghroy Road in Beragh following the discovery of a suspicious object.

The PSNI have asked members of the public to avoid the area.

Crowds had gathered earlier on the day for a vigil for 48-year-old DCI Caldwell who was shot multiple times on Wednesday night.

The high-ranking detective, who had been involved in the early investigations in the murder of Lurgan mum-to-be Natalie McNally, and more recently the killing of Lurgan man Shane Whitla and Newry’s Mark Lovell, was peppered with bullets as he loaded footballs into the boot of his car following an underage training session.

He was with his young son at the time.

DCI Caldwell, who is a volunteer youth coach at Beragh Swifts FC, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

A rally is due to take place in Omagh town centre later.

Meanwhile, detectives investigating the attempted murder of their colleague have pinned the brutal attack on the New IRA.

DCI Caldwell has been described as a “relentless investigator” who was involved in multiple investigations with suspected killers in both organised crime gangs and terrorist groups.

Sign Up To Our Newsletter

Most read today

More in News