Skeoge Road bomb alert in Derry declared elaborate hoax by PSNI and British Army Ammunition Technical Officers

A bomb alert on the Skeoge Road in Derry has been declared an elaborate hoax by police and British Army Ammunition Technical Officers.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 9:19 am

The important link road in the city's northern suburbs was closed for a time last night and this morning but the road has now re-opened.

A suspicious object was found in the area last night, Wednesday, May 12.

Police, along with Ammunition Technical Officers, attended. The object was declared an elaborate hoax, and has been taken away for further examination.

A bomb alert on the Skeoge Road has been declared an elaborate hoax.

Inspector Michael Swanson said: “I am appealing to anyone with information to contact us on 101, quoting reference 2077 of 12/05/21.

“This was one of two security alerts in the city on Wednesday night. The other – a suspicious object at Craigavon Bridge – was also declared an elaborate hoax. I am keen to thank everyone affected and inconvenienced, in both instances, for their patience as we worked to make the area safe.

“I am also asking members of the public to be vigilant. If you should come across any object that looks suspicious, please don’t touch it. Instead, contact us immediately on 999.”

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