Families return home after Drumsurn security alert evacuation

Police investigating claims that an explosive device have been left in the rural Drumsurn area near Dungiven have closed a number of roads in the vicinity, including the Legavallon Road (pictured).
Police investigating claims that an explosive device have been left in the rural Drumsurn area near Dungiven have closed a number of roads in the vicinity, including the Legavallon Road (pictured).

A number of families evacuated from houses in Drumsurn due to an ongoing security alert have reruned to their homes.

Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers said five homes were evacuated on Thursday night, including two families with young children.

‘It’s disgraceful this is happening in this day and age, Colr Chivers told the ‘Journal’. “For the families involved it is very stressful. The families I spoke with were upset and frightened. We all thought we were past those days.”

The move to evacuate five homes in the Legavallon Road/Peters Road area followed an anonymous call to a charity earlier this week claiming that a device had been left in the Legavallon Road area, known locally as ‘The Pot’.

The male caller said he represented the republican community and said the device had been there for several days.

Colr Chivers said families have been advised they are unlikely to be able to return to their homes on Friday. She said they spent the night relatives.

“This area affected - Peters Road - is where local school children catch the bus. It’s frightening. My message to whoever is behind this is ‘catch yourselves on’,” said Colr Chivers. “They have no regard for anyone and just want to take us back to the dark old days.”

PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McClarence continues to ask people in the area to remain vigilant. “If you see any suspicious objects, please do not touch them. Inform police immediately by dialling 999.”