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Bomb found at Londonderry building site as police crack down on dissidents

By Lisa Smyth

Published 11/07/2016

UUP MLA and Policing Board member Ross Hussey
UUP MLA and Policing Board member Ross Hussey

Dissident republican activists who left a bomb at a building site are damaging the reputation of the north west, it has been claimed.

The explosive device and other component parts were found on the building site by police during a campaign against terrorists at the weekend.

UUP MLA and Policing Board member Ross Hussey said lives have been saved as a result of the PSNI operation in Londonderry.

Detectives from the PSNI's serious crime branch investigating violent dissident republican activity carried out a number of searches in the city on Friday and Saturday.

They found a viable explosive device and other component parts in a social housing scheme in Galliagh on Saturday.

A 48-year-old man arrested in the Creggan area of the city on Friday night in connection with the investigation was released unconditionally on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said: "Further searches took place on Saturday morning in the Creggan and Galliagh areas where a viable improvised explosive device and various other component parts were recovered at a location in Galliagh. These items have been taken away for further forensic examination."

SDLP Ballyarnett councillor Brian Tierney condemned the activities of terrorists he said are damaging the reputation of the city.

"On a weekend we are welcoming thousands upon thousands of people to the city, this is not the kind of news we need," he said.

"The headlines should be about the social housing being built to help with homelessness, not about bombs."

Mr Hussey, the UUP's policing spokesperson, welcomed the efforts of the police.

"I congratulate the PSNI on another successful operation against republican terrorists," he said. "Every time the police carry out searches like this and remove explosive devices from the hands of these thugs it is potentially another life saved.

"The terrorists are running out of places to hide and they are to be condemned. I would appeal to anyone with information to pass it to the PSNI."

Meanwhile, police appealed to anyone with information that could assist them in combating violent dissident republican activity to contact police on the non emergency number, 101, or Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.

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