Four security alerts in Derry end after day of disruption on Easter Sunday
- Device left outside the home of councillor Gary Donnelly in Creggan
- Police arrest 39-year-old man in connection with the security alerts
- Police are examining a car near Strand Road Police Station
- Police treating security alerts as criminal incident rather than terrorist related incident
Four security alerts in Londonderry have ended after a day of disruption on Easter Sunday.
The security alerts were in Insicarn Road, Harty Court, Moss Park and Strand Road in the city.
A number of items have been removed from a house in Moss Park, while devices found in Insicarn Road and Harty Court were found not to be viable. A car involved in the Strand Road alert was examined but nothing untoward was found.
It is understood one of the devices was left outside Independent councillor Gary Donnelly's home in Iniscarn Road in Creggan.
Police investigating the security alerts have arrested a 39-year-old man. He has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning.
Police have said they are treating the security alerts as criminal rather than terrorist related.
The security alerts come just days after the murder of investigative journalist Lyra McKee in the Creggan area on Thursday night.
Police believe she was shot by members of the New IRA. Two teenage men have been arrested by detectives investigating the shooting.
A PSNI spokesman said: "A number of homes in the area have been evacuated and local diversions are in place.
"There are no further details at this time."
Four security alerts in #Derry today. In Creggan a device has been left outside Councillor Gary Donnelly’s home. Another device outside a home in Hardy Court in Ballymagroarty. Strand Road Police Station is also cordoned off as police examine a car. Fourth alert in Moss Park pic.twitter.com/06HV9CGgVo— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 21, 2019
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood told those responsible for the security alerts to "get off the people of Derry's backs".
"Those responsible for dragging families out of their homes onto the street on Easter Sunday morning are nothing but thugs," he said.
"It’s well past time these faceless cowards went away and got of the backs of the people in Derry.
Army Technical Officers have carried out a controlled explosion on a device left on a doorstep of a home in Hardy Court in Ballymagroarty. Dozens of families have been evacuated. Police say they are not linking today’s security alerts to the murder of journalist Lyra McKee #Derry pic.twitter.com/zfWQ1AyxKD— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 21, 2019
The Foyle MLA added: “Derry is a wonderful city filled to the brim with talent and hardworking people trying to get on in life - yet these hoods think they can drag us back and continue to limit the opportunities for our people. They need to wise up and grow up.
"There is no place for them in Derry and if the events of the past few days showed anything, it’s that this City is done with the past and is united in our condemnation of these thugs.”
The area around Strand Road PSNI station is cordoned off as officers deal with a suspect car. Army Technical Officers, who are dealing with three more alerts in #Derry, are not here yet pic.twitter.com/0khQrGhyu7— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 21, 2019
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