32CSM find ‘bug’ in car

Paul McCallion holding the object, believed to be a tracking device, which was discovered on his car. (2106SL01)
Paul McCallion holding the object, believed to be a tracking device, which was discovered on his car. (2106SL01)

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have blamed “British intelligence” for planting a tracking device on the car of one of their members in Derry.

The device, which includes a battery pack and what appears to be a GPS tracking device, was discovered on Paul McCallion’s car on Tuesday afternoon.

It was attached to the vehicle with magnets and was hidden on a ledge on the inside of the car’s rear bumper.

Mr McCallion said he discovered the object after a neighbour told him he had seen suspicious activity around the car. “One of the neighbours said he saw people around the car during the night so I got suspicious and decided to check out the car. My house was raided a number of times recently so I suspected that it might be something to do with the police,” he said.

Mr McCallion then took his car to a mechanic who put the vehicle on a hydraulic lift and discovered the object. “It is worrying. It could be an indicator of something more sinister,” he said.

Shortly after the object was discovered the man’s house was searched by the PSNI who also seized his car. He said the car was returned to him after a number of hours.

A spokesperson for the 32 County Sovereignty Movement said Mr McCallion is a “republican activist” who is “involved in the campaign on behalf of republican prisoners.”

“We would like to make people aware of the activities of the British intelligence services. We are not surprised by these actions. We would also urge people to check their vehicles and be mindful of the activities of these organisations. If anyone finds anything suspicious they should contact a member of the Sovereignty Movement,” he said.

A PSNI spokesman said police do not comment on specific operational matters. “But if anyone has any information or property it should be made available to police. No inference should be taken from this,” the spokesman added.