Derry bus bomb scare distressing for residents

The scene at Northland Road after a suspicious object was left on board a bus last month. DER4713JM100
The scene at Northland Road after a suspicious object was left on board a bus last month. DER4713JM100

Police and army officers are currently in attendance at a security alert in the Northland Road area of Derry after a suspicious object was left on board a bus in the area.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Northland Road has been closed between Branch Roundabout and Springvale Park. A number of homes in the area have been evacuated. ATO have been tasked and there are no further details at this stage.”

Local SDLP Councillor John Boyle said that the latest security alert in Derry is a source of real distress to people in the Northland Road area which has had to be cordoned off.

He said: “This evening has seen the latest in a spate of security alerts in Derry, each one equally disruptive and unacceptable.

“A suspicious object was left on a bus on the Northland Road area which is a main arterial route in and out of the city, maximising the disruption in Derry.

“A number of families have been evacuated from their homes on one of the coldest nights of the year so far, exacerbating their distress.

“I have been to the scene where army technical officers are investigating. I would urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI.”

A number of staff at the nearby Firstsource call centre have also reportedly had to leave their workplace during the alert, and several business premises in the area have also been evacuated.