Suspect pipebomb believed to be ‘prank’

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A suspect device found in Buncrana today is believed to be a prank.

An Irish Army bomb disposal unit has been tasked to the scene at Tullyarvan Mill, where children from Coláiste Chineál Eoghain received their Leaving Certificate results this morning.

The tubular device, which is inside a plastic bag, was found at the car park entrance to Tullyarvan Mill - where the small Gaelscoil is located - by the parent of a student at around 10am.

Tullyarvan Mill manager Michael Diver said he was alerted to the presence of the suspicious object and immediately called the Gardai. “I may think it’s a prank or a hoax but I know nothing of this sort of thing and I’m not going to take any risks. The health and safety of everyone in the building is paramount,” he told the ‘Journal’.

“One of the parents came to me after seeing something suspicious on the wall outside,” he said.

Gardai have sealed off the scene ahead of the arrival of an explosives ordnance disposal team. Superintendent Andy Archbold said Gardai had established a “safe cordon”. “We have a suspect device and we are treating it appropriately,” he added.

Mr Diver said staff remained inside the building but people involved in a training course left as the Garda operation got underway. A group of Italian tourists and several other guests staying at the Tullyarvan Mill had checked out just before the device was found, Mr Diver said.