Derry security operation ends

All roads closed in a PSNI security operation in Derry reopened late yesterday afternoon.

The Buncrana Road had been closed during rush hour this morning between Skeoge Road and Templemore Sports Complex due to an ongoing police operation. The Coshquin Road reopened in the early afternoon while Whitehouse Road and Groarty Road reopened shortly before 5pm.

SECURITY ALERT. . .A member of the public appears to be totally oblivious to an ATO robot examining a bin metres from him during a security alert at the Buncrana Road/Woodbrook Road this morning. DER4513JM030

SECURITY ALERT. . .A member of the public appears to be totally oblivious to an ATO robot examining a bin metres from him during a security alert at the Buncrana Road/Woodbrook Road this morning. DER4513JM030

Officers at the scene confirmed the delays were the result of a “bomb scare.”

British Army technical officers (ATO) had been tasked to the scene.

“Police are conducting a search of the area following a report of suspicious activity,” said another PSNI officer this morning.

Last week police urged people in the Whitehouse Road area of the city to be cautious after reports of a suspicious object being left in the area.

A PSNI spokeswoman said police received information earlier this week that there may “be something suspicious in the area”.

“Officers went door to door talking to local residents and while nothing was found we would ask that should someone come across a suspicious object they do not touch it and contact police straight away,” she said.