Mayor condemns hijackers as alert continues

The lorry parked on Buncrana Road
The lorry parked on Buncrana Road

Derry’s Mayor, Brenda Stevenson, has condemned those behind a security alert in Derry today caused by an apparent attempt to launch a bomb attack on the Strand Road PSNI Station.

The Buncrana Road area has now been sealed off for five hours and there is heavy traffic congestion in surrounding areas as the city enters rush hour.

Speaking this evening, Mayor Stevenson has said: “I am absolutely appalled by the actions of those responsible for this callous hijacking and the planting of this device. My thoughts are with the driver of the van and of course his family who are no doubt considerably distressed by his ordeal.

“The alert today has caused widespread chaos across the city, with residents forced to evacuate their homes, the evacuation of a local school and major traffic congestion. Not to mention the considerable risk to public safety and the security personnel who risk their lives in dealing with any potential device. A number of businesses in the area have also had to be evacuated for a considerable period, at a time when local companies face enough challenges given the current economic climate.

“Derry has moved on from violence, and senseless actions such as this inevitably have a wider impact on local business and the economy of the region. I would call upon those responsible to listen to the people of this city and desist from inflicting further hurt and pain on their own community.”