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Suspicious object sparks security alert in Derry

Officers are currently in attendance at a security alert in the Heron Way area of the city.

Police are dealing with a security alert in Londonderry.

It follows the discovery of a suspicious object in the Heron Way area of the city on Monday night.

A number of homes were evacuated and the area was sealed off for further investigations.

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No motive established for Derry shooting

The scene of the shooting in the Rossdowney area of Derry. Credit: UTV

Detectives are continuing to investigate a shooting at a house in Londonderry where a toddler was asleep at that time.

A number of shots were fired at the front window of the property in the Rossdowney Drive at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

Addressing speculation about the attack, PSNI Chief Inspector Paul McCracken said: “I am aware of rumours circulating in the community that the motivation for this attack was sectarian.

“We will certainly explore this line of enquiry - however I would stress that, at this time, there is no definitive evidence to suggest that this is the case.

While fortunately no one was injured, what makes this incident all the more appalling is that a young, innocent child was asleep in the house at the time.

Those responsible for this attack displayed a sheer recklessness and disregard for human life that most of us cannot fathom.

– PSNI Chief Inspector Paul McCracken

Chief Inspector McCracken added: “The detective team will investigate all possible lines of enquiries and follow the evidence wherever it may lead.

“I would continue to urge anyone with any information about this crime to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

“Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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