Hoax security alert ‘achieves nothing’

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Derry’s deputy Mayor councillor Kevin Campbell has said those behind yesterday’s security alert in Creggan have “achieved nothing.”

The alert, which was sparked around 11:30 yesterday morning after the discovery of a suspicious object close to St Peter’s High School, was later declared a hoax.

Circular Road was closed for a number of hours while British army technical officers examined the object.

Condemning the incident, the Creggan Sinn Féin councillor said; “This stands in stark contrast to the positive events taking place elsewhere in our city involving thousands of local people who took to the streets to welcome the Olympic Flame and helped present a positive image of our city across the world.

“The disruption caused by these security alerts achieves nothing and only serves to create a nuisance for local communities,” he said.