A security alert is underway in the Violet Hill Avenue area of Newry.
It follows the discovery of a suspicious object in the area on Sunday afternoon.
Inspector Ryan Moore said, "It follows a report to police at approximately 3:45pm today of a suspicious object in the area."
"A small number of homes have been evacuated and cordons are in place in the Violet Hill Avenue area, including at the junction of College Gardens. "
"No main roads have been closed at this time."
“I want to thank the community for their patience as we work to make the area safe."