Derry security alert declared a hoax

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Police have declared a suspect device that sparked a security alert in Derry an elaborate hoax.

Around ten homes in the Lower Bennett Street area of the city were evacuated during the alert which began at around 6pm last night (April 11). Foyle Road was also closed during the incident.

Residents were allowed back into their homes at around 10pm.

British Army bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion and declared the object a hoax.

Sinn Fein councillor Maeve McLaughlin condemned those responsible.

“The community is sick and tired of having their lives disrupted by hoax bomb alerts by people who are living in a fantasy world. If those behind leaving these hoax devices believe that they are engaged in some sort of noble campaign for the freedom of Ireland then they are sadly mistaken.

“They need to get off the backs of the local community and realise that the community has rejected their actions,” she said.