'Crude but viable' device in Derry alert

Published Thursday, 10 April 2014
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Police have carried out a controlled explosion on a "crude but viable" device during a security alert in Londonderry.

'Crude but viable' device in Derry alert
Police in the Talbot Park area on Thursday afternoon. (© Presseye)

The suspicious object was discovered at Talbot Park on Thursday by a member of the public.

Cordons were put in place and several homes had to be evacuated while officers from the army bomb squad carried out investigations, which culminated in a controlled explosion.

The alert has now ended and the device has been taken away for further examinations.

A statement from the PSNI said: "A controlled explosion was carried out on the object which has been described as a crude but viable device.

"The device has been taken away for further examination, all roads have been re-opened and evacuated residents allowed to return to their homes."

Earlier local journalist Eamonn MacDermott, who lives in the area, told UTV he understood the alert was sparked when a woman found an object containing wires underneath a car.

He said: "Apparently at about 1pm a resident came out and found something under her car that she thought was just a bit of rubbish. She picked it up and it looked suspicious, described as a round plastic thing with wires coming out of it, so she placed it in her garden and phoned the police."

Officers have asked anyone who noticed recent suspicious activity in Talbot Park to contact them.

© UTV News
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Nec Pluribus Impar in Fermanagh wrote (290 days ago):
Wonder how this "military" (snigger snigger snigger LOL) operation will be written up. It's easy to terrorise these days. The druggies and hoods are now the IRA. Unbelievable. Still, with Police that are afraid to patrol, not because of the scum bags, but the fact the scum bags are listened to by the senior men, then this is what you get. As a retired Legionnaire I can safely say that no other country, regardless of the political makeup in Europe would tolerate bombs being left in streets. Mass protests would occur. Here, as long as the dole goes in.....
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