Security alert after suspicious object thrown at police

A security alert in Derry is continuing this morning after a suspicious object was thrown at police.

A PSNI spokesman said the object was thrown at a passing police patrol on Tuesday night. British army bomb squad officers were tasked to the scene and a number of homes evacuated.

Residents were taken to a community centre in Anne Street

The flyover and Barrack Street have now reopened.

Local politicians have condemned condemned the incident.

“There is no justification for this incident, which has now caused major disruption to a built up area close to the City centre. I understand an object was thrown at a PSNI landrover. Police then cordoned off the area until Army Technical officers arrive to inspect the item,” SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said.

“Residents have been moved out of their homes at this late hour, and Anne Street community centre has been opened to try and cater for their needs.

“This is utterly unacceptable and whoever is responsible needs to wise up - the Charlotte Street area houses a number of families and there are older people living in the area close by who do not need this kind of disruption.”

He said anyone “anyone who has any information about this incident should contact the Police at Strand Road.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue said those responsible have “only succeeded in causing hardship to the local population.”

“I would like to thank local community workers who helped residents out and opened up Dove House.

“We had families out of their homes all night; some had to stay with relatives .This was very upsetting for many of the elderly residents and those with young families.

“It is obvious that the those behind leaving such devices are out of touch with the will of the vast majority of the people of Derry who want to move forward without this type of disruption,” she said.