‘People should not have to live in fear’

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd April 2013. ''A pipe bomb has exploded after being put in the letterbox of a house in Londonderry.''It happened at Bonds Street in the city's Waterside.''It is understood a man lives in the house and he has only moved in recently. Detectives are still looking for a motive for the attack.''Twenty homes and five businesses were evacuated during the security alert, which is now over.''Photo Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd April 2013. ''A pipe bomb has exploded after being put in the letterbox of a house in Londonderry.''It happened at Bonds Street in the city's Waterside.''It is understood a man lives in the house and he has only moved in recently. Detectives are still looking for a motive for the attack.''Twenty homes and five businesses were evacuated during the security alert, which is now over.''Photo Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.

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A senior police officer in Derry says people shouldn’t have to live in fear.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows spoke out following Wednesday’s security alert in the Waterside.

A pipe bomb was pushed into a letter box of a property in Bond’s Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

It’s understood the man who lived in the house had recently moved in. He has now left the area.

Police in Derry say they are providing support to the man.

Chief Inspector Burrows added that local people had been seriously inconvenienced for several hours.

He said such incidents impacted on the entire community.

A PSNI spokeswoman said they were still waiting on a full report from army bomb experts in relation to the device.

A motive for the incident was, she said, still being investigated.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on Tel: 0845 600 8000.

The chair of the Ulster Unionist Party’s Foyle Constituency Association condemned those behind the incident which caused the evacuation of homes and premises - including the local UUP office - on Wednesday afternoon.

Ronnie McKeegan said: “Once again, residents and business people in the city of Londonderry have been put in physical danger and been inconvenienced by faceless people whose only aim is to cause disruption and who have nothing positive to offer anyone in this city or this society. There’s no excuse for planting devices or creating circumstances where people have to leave their homes and businesses.”