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Gunman At Polling Station In Northern Ireland 'Making Threats'

04 Мая 2018

Voters in West Tyrone go to the polls today in a by-election to elect a new MP.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff earlier this year.

Armed police rushed to the location after receiving a report of a man acting suspiciously in Crockanboy Road.

A 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of carrying a firearm with intent to cause fear or alarm.

'The way that the staff dealt with it, I understand that other members of the public may have been unaware of the incident'.

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Chief Electoral Officer Virginia McVea visited the polling station shortly after the incident to hear the details of what happened directly from the staff who witnessed it. She polled 16, 346 votes, nearly 8000 ahead of her nearest rival, Tom Buchanan of the DUP who finished with 8,390 votes.

Polling booths opened at 7am this morning, Thursday 03 May, and will close at 10pm. The count is set to extend into the night.

The Carrickmore woman is the first female to represent the constituency at Westminster.

When voting at the 82 polling stations ends, the ballot boxes will be brought to Omagh, County Tyrone where counting will begin.

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Gunman At Polling Station In Northern Ireland 'Making Threats'