Bomb device ‘could have caused serious injury’ - Colr.

Christopher Jackson (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
Christopher Jackson (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
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Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor has warned that a viable bomb device discovered in a housing estate in the Waterside could have caused serious injury if it had detonated.

Colr. Jackson was speaking after the PSNI confirmed that a viable pipe bomb was found in Tamneymore Park.

Police are currently at the scene of the alert.

He said: “While it is not yet known who may have been responsible for leaving this device, what is known is that if it had detonated it could have caused serious injury to anyone in the vicinity.

“I am making it clear to those responsible for leaving this viable pipe bomb that the Waterside community does not want this and those behind it need to stop.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said earlier today: “After receiving reports shortly before midnight ATO attended the scene at around 2am this morning and declared the suspicious object a viable device. “It has been taken away for further forensic examination.”

Det. Reid added: “Police are continuing to conduct follow-up enquiries in the area at this time with some cordons in place but no roads closed.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to all those affected by the incident for their assistance during this.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in and around the Tamneymore Park area to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 1425 of 30/03/17. “Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”