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Pipe bomb discovered close to Londonderry youth club

Published 11/11/2016

Police are investigating.
Police are investigating.

A pipe bomb has been found close to a packed youth club in Londonderry.

The device was discovered in Westland Street, just before 9pm on Thursday.

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kellly said it was found close to a youth club which was packed with children at the time.

He told the BBC: "People are just fed up with this and want nothing to do with it. Those responsible don't support peace and are really out of touch with the people of the bogside.

"They need to explain their rationale."

The road was closed and a number of homes evacuated. Pilots Row Community Centre was made available to any evacuated residents who required shelter.

The Army bomb squad examined the device before declaring it a viable pipe bomb type device.

Chief Inspector Gordon McCalmont said: "This security alert caused considerable disruption to a large amount of local residents and I would like to thank those people affected for their support and patience while we dealt with this viable device to make the area safe.

“I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Westland Street area recently, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1025 of 10/11/16. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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