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Cordons reduced in Derry security alert

Homes were evacuated overnight due to the alert. Credit: Pacemaker

Residents evacuated from their homes during a security alert in Londonderry have been allowed to return, despite the alert continuing.

The alarm was raised in the Ederowen Park area on Wednesday evening and continued overnight.

On Thursday, cordons were reduced, but police thanked residents for their patience while the security operation remained ongoing.

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Bingo hall in Portadown targeted by armed robber

A masked man has threatened staff at a Portadown bingo hall with a hatchet before escaping with a sum of cash.

It happened at around 9pm on Tuesday night.

The man is described as being around 6' 3", of medium build and wearing a hooded top and dark jeans.

The distinctive-looking top had a lighter coloured lining to the hood.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Detectives investigating the robbery are appealing for anyone with information to contact Lurgan CID on 101, quoting reference number 1294 for 12/12/17.

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