Police have said that the security alert in the Southway area of Derry has now ended and nothing untoward has been found.
Superintendent Mark McEwan said; “This alert began yesterday afternoon following a report of a suspicious object in the Southway area. Given the information received, we had no option but to carry out a search operation and cordon off the area.
“We regret the inconvenience and disruption caused to local residents. Every effort was made to minimise this disruption, including minimising the number of people who had to be evacuated, and facilitating people with access where possible. We have a responsibility to keep people safe and we will not take any chances especially when the consequences are so serious.
“I am extremely thankful to local people for their support and cooperation throughout this operation.”