A Sinn Fein MLA who lives in Derry’s Bogside has described the latest security alert in the area as futile.
Mitchel McLaughlin said the alert - sparked by the discovery of a suspicious object close to his home in Blucher Street - “ is just the latest incident of disruption and attempted intimidation affecting the residents of the Bogside over the past number of weeks.”
“I have one message for the individual or group responsible for these incidents – if you have any thought or respect for the proud people of the Bogside and Derry in general – stop these futile activities before they end in tragedy,” he said.
A number of homes were evacuated following the discovery of the object yesterday afternoon.
Shortly after 8pm the PSNI declared the alert a hoax.
“The only thing you are achieving is the terrorising of elderly people and disrupting the lives of all residents. It’s a sad reflection of the mindset of those responsible for these activities that they get some type of perverse satisfaction out of intimidating their neighbours.
“I urge them to desist from this mindless disruption of life in their communities and direct their energies towards positive community activity.”