10 April 2006

Fires rage at British army spy posts in South Armagh

Daily Ireland

By Connla Young
07/04/2006

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe British army has been criticised after fires were lit at several mountain-top spy posts in recent days.
Border residents have said huge fires have raged for several days at a number of spy posts being dismantled on hilltops along the border.
Earlier this week, teams of British army engineers began taking down a number of spy posts that had scarred the border skyline for more than two decades.
Local concerns were raised after thick plumes of black smoke began to rise from a military spy post on Faughill Mountain several days ago.
Newry Sinn Féin councillor Packie McDonald said he had received several calls from members of the public concerned about the fires.
“They have been burning stuff for the last few days and it seems to be material they don’t want to cart off the mountain with them. Some people have concerns about this, and I have no idea what they are burning and there’s always the fear that some of this is toxic.
“There’s also an environmental aspect to all this. I’m not allowed to burn rubbish in my back yard but they go to the top of a mountain to do it.”
A spokesman for the British army said: “Work is ongoing to remove the last remaining hilltop sites in south Armagh. Combustible material such as wood and heather is being disposed of by burning.”

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