Several families evacuated in Creggan alert

The scene at Rathlin Drive yesterday where their was another security alert. (1312JB31)
The scene at Rathlin Drive yesterday where their was another security alert. (1312JB31)

Several families were evacuated from their Creggan homes yesterday as police dealt with a security alert which centred on a “suspect car.”

Army Technical Officers (ATO) were tasked to the scene on Rathlin Drive after a car, which had been reported stolen to the police, was discovered abandoned.

It’s also understood an ATO team dispatched to the scene were involved in a road traffic collision on the Foreglen Road between Claudy and Dungiven.

The Sunday Journal understands two people in the ATO vehicle sustained injuries. Yesterday PSNI officers established a safety cordon around Rathlin Drive, Iniscarn Crescent and Rathkeele Way. The incident was the second in 24 hours in which families were evacuated from their homes. More than 50 families living on Jacqueline Way and Nualamont Drive were evacuated on Friday night following a security alert.

In the Creggan alert, the car, a small red Peugeot, was discovered after it had “previously come to the attention of officers” said a spokesperson for the PSNI.

SDLP Councillor for Creggan, Jim Clifford, said: “This is a nuisance to the entire area, not to mention to the person who owned the car. I would urge the people responsible to think about the effect their anti-social behaviour has on the community.”

The security alert was ongoing at the time of going to press.