08/01/2018

Police Attacked During Security Alert In L'Derry

Police have been attacked during a hoax security alert in Co L'Derry.

Petrol bombs and fireworks were thrown by a group of people after the PSNI were attending the scene at the Lecky Road flyover on Sunday, 07 January.

No injuries were reported.

A suspicious device was reported under the flyover, however it was found to be a hoax.

A number of residents were evacuated from their homes during the alert which has now ended.
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Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: "Their actions serve no purpose other than to cause harm to our community and lead to criminal convictions for young people.

"Thankfully no one was injured and despite these incidents, police will continue to provide the dedicated service to the local community."

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said: "I urge anyone with any information to bring it forward immediately to the authorities.

"There's only one way to stop these attacks, that is for all of in our community to unite and speak out against those who seek to drag us back to the past."

(CD/LM)


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