Five Derry security alerts in less than nine hours

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A fifth security alert in less than 12 hours in Derry has been declared an elaborate hoax.

A PSNI spokesman said the alert at Hollymount Park is now over.

Earlier a alert at Stabane Old Raod was also declared a hoax, as were a further three overnight security alerts in the Gobnascale area.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey condemned the alerts.

“There is no justification for this type of attack on a community. It has only brought disruption and fear to those who live and work in the area and those who have been evacuated from their homes.

“Those behind this irresponsible, reckless action do not speak for the people of Derry. They are only intent on causing hurt, chaos and fear. I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI at Strand Road.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming said those behind the hoax bomb alerts are only inflicting hurt and upset on the local community.

“This is the second serious incident in the Top of the Hill in less than a month. Whoever is behind these incidents they should explain to local residents what they have achieved by forcing families from their homes in the middle of a winters night.

“The local community want to get on with their lives and trying to improve the future for their children without elements causing distress and inconvenience.”