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Device that forced people to evacuate homes is hoax

Residents were evacuated from around 40 homes in Clon Elagh, Skeoge Road, as the device was dealt with by Army bomb disposal experts (stock photo)
Residents were evacuated from around 40 homes in Clon Elagh, Skeoge Road, as the device was dealt with by Army bomb disposal experts (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

Police declared a suspicious device left outside a house in Londonderry yesterday morning a hoax.

Residents were evacuated from around 40 homes in Clon Elagh, Skeoge Road, as the device was dealt with by Army bomb disposal experts.

"Following further examination it was declared an elaborate hoax and residents have been able to return to their homes," a PSNI spokesman said.

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney said a controlled explosion was carried out and there had been "significant disruption" for local people.

"Clon Elagh is one of the relatively new developments in the city. It's full of young families trying to make a life for themselves. The last thing anyone here wants or needs is to be forced from their home by another security alert," he said.

"I want to thank the council and the Shantallow Community Residents' Association for making the local community centre available for those who have been forced onto the streets.

"I've been at the scene speaking to those affected. We've fought for much needed housing like this in our city for years.

"This kind of throwback undermines the hard work done to secure new housing and get local people housed."

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