22/05/2012

Man Arrested After Bombs Found in Londonderry

Bombs have been found in a flat in Londonderry, leading to the arrest of a 30-year-old man.

Police made the devices safe after the security alert at Maureen Avenue in the city last night, but warned they “could have caused significant damage or serious harm” as the flat was in a built-up area.

Some residents have been unable to return to their homes as tests are still being carried out.

Chief Inspector Garry Eaton said: "Evacuating the area caused disruption, but our primary concern is to keep people safe and prevent injury to the public."

One man is in custody following the incident, having been arrested on suspicion of dissident republican activity.

Resident Paddy McDaid was “angry” at the people behind the bombs.

He said: "I have a nine-year-old and a two-year-old and it caused so much disruption. These people who left the bombs have no regard for the safety of others. There are main gas lines close by so it could have been a catastrophe. I am angry as I feel for my children."

SDLP Derry City councillor John Boyle said he was "deeply shocked" that bombs had been found in the city.

He said: "There is no support in Derry for acts such as this and creating a culture of fear in the town cannot further any cause by so much as an inch. Those behind these devices are enemies of the community - they must be found and face the criminal justice system."

(NE)

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