People have been evacuated from houses in Derry due to an ongoing bomb alert in the Ballyarnett Village district of the city.
British army technical officers (ATO) are in attendance at the scene of the incident which the Journal understands is centred on an empty house. The PSNI have set up a cordon around the area and the Journal also understands that around three streets in the district have been cleared.
Police and ATO first attended the scene of the incident at approximately 4.30pm this afternoon (Monday, October 13, 2014).
Racecourse Road has been closed between its junction with Alder Road and Ballyarnett roundabout and a section of Ballyarnett Village has also been closed to traffic.
SDLP representative on Derry and Strabane Council, Councillor Brian Tierney is at the scene.
He said: “Even if this turns out to be a hoax, I understand that police have to clear the area in order to maintain everyone’s safety. There are people arriving home from work here in the early evening and are unable to get into their homes. This has caused major inconvenience, they are children waiting to get fed after school.”
PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “Police are currently investigating these reports and would urge anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary in the area to maintain a safe distance and report it police immediately.”