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Man who walked into PSNI station is held over suspect devices that caused Derry alerts

Detectives investigating the alerts said that they were treating the matter as a criminal incident and not terrorist-related (stock photo)
Detectives investigating the alerts said that they were treating the matter as a criminal incident and not terrorist-related (stock photo)
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

Four security alerts brought parts of Londonderry to a standstill yesterday morning.

Shortly after 7.30am police cordoned off Iniscarn Drive in the Creggan estate as well as the area surrounding a house at Hardy Court in Ballymagroarty after suspect devices were left on the doorsteps of homes.

Ammunition technical officers carried out controlled explosions on both objects and declared them hoaxes. They were removed for further examination.

One of the devices was left outside the home of independent councillor Gary Donnelly. His family and several others in the street had to be evacuated as police dealt with the situation.

Shortly after 9am a 39-year-old man presented himself at Strand Road police station in connection with the incidents and was arrested.

Police cordoned off the street outside the police station as they searched his parked car and launched another security alert at his home at Moss Park in Galliagh, which was also cordoned off and searched.

Detectives investigating the alerts said that they were treating the matter as a criminal incident and not terrorist-related.

They also confirmed that the alerts were not being linked to the murder of journalist Lyra McKee on Thursday night.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said that behind the alerts had nothing to offer society.

"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.

"Derry is a wonderful city filled to the brim with talent and hard-working 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."

Mr Eastwood added: "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."

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