Police in Northern Ireland have said a device found near a police station in south Co Armagh was viable.

The device was left on the back seat of a car in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, last night and was made safe by British Army technical officers this afternoon.

PSNI Chief Inspector Sam Cordner said that, had the device exploded, he had no doubt that anyone in the immediate area could have been killed or seriously injured.

‘Whoever is responsible showed complete disregard for the lives of police officers and members of the local community,’ he added.

‘I would like to place on record my thanks to local people and their representatives for their patience and support during the operation to make this device safe.’

Police appealed for anybody with information about a red Peugeot 406 car to contact them.

Mr Cordner added: ‘Only by working together can local police and the people of Crossmaglen show these misguided individuals that incidents such as this have no place in today's society.’