Sunday 15 September 2019

Two security alerts in Derry end after non-viable devices removed, two alerts remain ongoing

  • Device left outside the home of councillor Gary Donnelly in Creggan
  • Police arrest 39-year-old man in connection with the security alerts
  • Police treating security alerts as criminal incident rather than terrorist related incident
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Mark Edwards

Two security alerts in Derry have ended after suspicious objects discovered in both areas were declared non-viable devices.

The objects were found in Insicarn Road and in Harty Court in the city.

Two other alerts on Stand Road and Moss Park remain ongoing.

It is understood one of the devices was left outside Independent councillor Gary Donnelly's home in Iniscarn Road in Creggan.

A section of Strand Road has also been closed to traffic. It is understood police are examining a car near Strand Road Police Station.

Police investigating the security alerts have arrested a 39-year-old man. He has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning.

Police have said they are treating the security alerts as criminal rather than terrorist related.

The security alerts come just days after the murder of investigative journalist Lyra McKee in the Creggan area on Thursday night.

Police believe she was shot by members of the New IRA. Two teenage men have been arrested by detectives investigating the shooting.

A PSNI spokesman said: "A number of homes in the area have been evacuated and local diversions are in place.

"There are no further details at this time."

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood told those responsible for the security alerts to "get off the people of Derry's backs".

"Those responsible for dragging families out of their homes onto the street on Easter Sunday morning are nothing but thugs," he said.

"It’s well past time these faceless cowards went away and got of the backs of the people in Derry.

The Foyle MLA added: “Derry is a wonderful city filled to the brim with talent and hardworking people trying to get on in life - yet these hoods think they can drag us back and continue to limit the opportunities for our people. They need to wise up and grow up.

"There is no place for them in Derry and if the events of the past few days showed anything, it’s that this City is done with the past and is united in our condemnation of these thugs.”

Belfast Telegraph

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