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Man arrested after residents forced from homes in Derry overnight

A man has been arrested following a security alert that forced residents from their homes in Londonderry overnight.

The security operation came into effect on Wednesday night in the Ederowen Park area of the city.

On Thursday morning following a search of a property in the area a 39-year-old man was arrested by the PSNI's Terrorism Investigation Unit in connection with ongoing investigations into violent dissident republican activity.

He is currently being held at Musgrave Serious Crime Suite and is assisting police with their inquiries.

A number of items were found during the alert and have been taken away for further examination.

Detective Inspector Heaton said: "Residents who were evacuated during the operation have all returned to their homes, and I want to thank the public for their patience and understanding during this operation as we worked to bring it to a conclusion.

"Anyone with information about this incident, or who saw any suspicious activity in the Ederowen Park area in recent days, is asked to contact detectives on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 1139 of 13/12/17.

"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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