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Controlled explosion on hoax device during Northern Ireland security alert

A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspicious object which had been left in the garden of a home in Londonderry.

It was subsequently discovered to be a hoax.

Police attended the scene of a security alert in the Fergleen Park area shortly before 10.30pm on Sunday.

Fergleen Park was closed, and homes evacuated, whilst the object was examined by the Army bomb squad. Following a controlled explosion the object was later declared to be a hoax. This has been taken away for further examination. Residents were allowed back to their homes shortly after 3am.

Inspector McManus said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience as officers worked through the night to ensure their safety. I would also appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who has any information which could assist with our enquiries to call police in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 1774 03/06/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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