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Viable pipe bomb found at Eastway

An army disposal robot makes its way up Eastway during today's security alert.

An army disposal robot makes its way up Eastway during today's security alert.

Police have revealed that the suspicious object which sparked a day-long security alert in Derry today was a viable pipe bomb.

The device - comprising a metal pipe strapped with black masking tape - was discovered close to steps leading from Eastway to Beechwood Avenue at around 9 a.m.

Police closed off roads in the area - including Laburnum Terrace, Westland Street,

Lone Moor Road and a section of Eastway - and a number of residents were evacuated

from their homes.

Local diversions were put in place and motorists advised to avoid the area.

British Army bomb experts arrived shortly after midday and remained at the scene

throughout the day.

Following a controlled explosion, the object was declared a viable pipe bomb type device. It was subsequently taken away for further examination.

Roads in the area were re-opened this afternoon and residents allowed to return to their homes.

Police are appealing to anyone with any information to contact them at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

 
 
 

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