Belfast Telegraph

Derry alert: Viable device is found after dissident bomb warnings

A viable device has been recovered in Londonderry after a three-day security alert sparked by conflicting bomb warnings.

Police conducted initial searches in the Lettershandoney area on Wednesday and returned again on Thursday night, when residents were forced out of their homes for a second night.

Police said a viable device was recovered on Friday evening.

Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: "I can confirm that a viable device has been recovered and will be taken away for further examination.

"I am well aware how frustrating it has been for those people who have had their lives disrupted and I thank them for their patience and understanding.

"I know from discussions with community representatives over the last few days that the majority of people understand that this level of policing operation was necessary to make sure lives were not at risk."

Earlier police made an appeal to those behind the alert to provide more information as to where the device was.

Police said those behind the incident provided "conflicting and inaccurate information".

"When violent dissident criminals tell us that there is a device in the area we do not take chances. Conflicting and inaccurate information provided by those criminal elements prolonged this operation further and the blame lies squarely with those individuals who seem intent on creating fear and causing harm within our communities," Supt Gordon McCalmont said.

He added: "I would appeal for anyone with information about this incident to please tell us. It is only with your help that we can make our communities safer."

Police can be contacted on 101 or information can be passed anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

The security alert has now ended.

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