Two men arrested in organised crime probe

TWO INCIDENTS. . . .The scene at the junction of Carlisle Road and Hawkin Street yesterday afternoon, as British Army ATO dealt with a bomb scare on Hawkin Street while minutes later, the Fire Service arrived to deal with a boiler fire at Jon Paul Salon, Carlisle Road. 2012JM10 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

TWO INCIDENTS. . . .The scene at the junction of Carlisle Road and Hawkin Street yesterday afternoon, as British Army ATO dealt with a bomb scare on Hawkin Street while minutes later, the Fire Service arrived to deal with a boiler fire at Jon Paul Salon, Carlisle Road. 2012JM10 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

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Police have arrested two men in Derry as part of an investigation into organised crime.

Police say a man, aged 35, was arrested in the Queen’s Court area on Thursday morning.

He has since been released on bail.

Meanwhile police also arrested a man yesterday following the discovery of a suspicious object that sparked a city centre security alert.

A PSNI spokeswoman says the man, aged 28, was arrested following the discovery of the suspicious object at a house in Hawkin Street.

He remains in custody.

A number of homes and businesses were evacuated in the city centre around lunchtime yesterday afternoon following a search of the house.

British Army bomb experts were tasked and remained at the scene at the time of going to press. Residents returned to their homes late yesterday afternoon.

For a time traffic ground to a halt in the Carlisle Road area due not only to the security alert but also because of a fire at Jon Paul’s hair salon.

Police say the fire was unconnected to the discovery of the device.

SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan said those behind security alerts have little to offer.

“Right in the mouth of Christmas, when people are trying to tie up loose ends with work while preparing for the forthcoming festivities, the last thing we need is another security alert in Derry.

“These events only serve to damage our city’s economy and disrupt the lives of people trying to make Christmas a happy occasion for themselves and their loved ones in the middle of a dire recession. Those who caused this upset must be found and brought to justice, and I urge anyone with any info to contact the PSNI or Crimestoppers immediately,” he says.