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Police call for vigilance after telephone bomb warning near Dungiven

A number of roads have been closed and are expected to remain shut for some time

Published 11/11/2015

Police are advising people in the rural village near Dungiven to be vigilant following a report that an explosive device has been left in the area.

An anonymous telephone call passed on to police at 2am on Wednesday November 11 claimed that a device had been left in the village of Drumsurn in County Londonderry.

The following roads have been closed and are expected to remain closed for some time.

The Junction of the Legavallon Road with Temple Road.

Belraugh Road at its junction with Plantation Road.

Legavallen road north of Drumsurn Road close to Pott Bar.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence has asked local people to be vigilant.

He said: "If you see any suspicious objects, please do not touch them.  Inform police straight away by dialling 999."

Independent MLA Claire Sugden said there is "zero tolerance for activity like this".

She said: "This is a potentially dangerous situation and I condemn it.  There is zero tolerance for activity like this.

"Dungiven is a peaceful, rural are where many families live. This has caused disruption on a busy week day morning, and undoubtedly intimidation for many older and vulnerable members of the community.

"The PSNI are working hard to resolve this. I urge people in the area to stay away from any suspicious objects, and to report them to the police immediately by dialling 999."

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has condemned those behind a security alert.

The East Derry MLA said: "This alert began at 2am when a caller contacted a local charity to say that a device had been left close to the junction of the Leghavallon Road.

"The road has remained closed ever since as a search of the area is carried out.

"This has brought nothing but disruption to the area and brought inconvenience to the local community.

"Whoever is behind this incident has nothing to offer the community and should stop these actions immediately."

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