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Device discovered at home of PSNI officer's parents in Londonderry declared a hoax

A security alert in the Londonderry has ended after a suspicious object left in the Brandywell area was declared an elaborate hoax.

The Lone Moor Road has re-opened and residents who were evacuated have been allowed to return to their homes.

It is the third security alert in the city in two days.

It is believed the device was left at the home of a serving PSNI officer's parents, the second such attack in the city in two days.

Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “Firstly, I want to thank the local community and, in particular, the people who had to leave their homes while we worked to make the scene safe.

"I understand the frustration of the community and the disruption this has caused, but we are committed to keeping people safe - that is of paramount importance to us.

"I can see how the reckless actions of a very small minority of people who clearly don’t care about the community have disrupted everyday life.

"Therefore, I am appealing to anyone who can help identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice to contact us."

Police at Strand Road can be contact by calling 101 quoting reference number 286 of 03/05/18.

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