Hardline republicans in Derry have claimed that a live bullet found in Creggan last week may have been dropped by the PSNI.
The claim was made following the discovery of a bullet in the Rathmore Road area of Creggan on Thursday. The bullet was given to a local councillor who then handed it in to the police.
However, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement in Derry have said local people believe the bullet may belong to the PSNI. A spokesperson for the group said; “A local republican who lives in the Rathmore Road area has approached us and said he was awoken in the middle of the night before the round was found and looked out of his window and saw two men in military-style jumpers at his car. As he was going outside the men left in a silver car which he believes was a police car. He said the bonnet of his car had been tampered with. We believe these men, whether they were police or military, may have dropped the round.”
The spokesperson added; “No follow up searches were carried out in the area which is very unusual when something like this is found.”
A PSNI spokesperson said; “We can confirm that a bullet was handed in to police which was allegedly found on Rathmore Road in Creggan.”