PSNI searches after claims of explosive device in Derry


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

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Searches have been conducted by police, however, nothing untoward has been found at this stage.

“Enquiries are underway and, in the meantime, police are advising local residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious objects or activity.

“If you do see something that is out of place or arouses your suspicions, do not touch it,” advised Inspector Tony Moore.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sandra Duffy said: “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.”

SDLP Colr. Brian Tierney: “There have been police searches in the Leafair area last night and this morning following reports of a suspicious device. 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.

“I urge residents to remain alert and to report any suspicious activity or sightings to the PSNI or to a local representative.”