‘Explosive device’ warning


Residents have been urged to be cautious after claims an “explosive device” has been left in Derry’s Leafair Park area in Galliagh.

Police conducted searches in the area and “nothing untoward has been found at this stage”, a spokesman said yesterday afternoon. “Enquiries are underway and, in the meantime, police are advising local residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious objects or activity.”

Local councillors joined the appeal for caution.

SDLP Colr. Brian Tierney said searches were carried out on Sunday night and Monday morning.

“Nothing has yet been found by the PSNI, so it is vital that residents remain vigilant. These searches are taking place just yards away from a local school. I am very fearful that children’s natural curiosity could possibly lead to them stumbling upon this potentially dangerous device.”

Sinn Fein Colr. Sandra Duffy added: “It is obvious that those behind making the calls that a device has been left in the area are out of touch with the will of the vast majority of the people of Galliagh who want to move forward without this type of disruption.”