Suspicious object sparks fresh security alert in Derry

A suspicious object has sparked another security alert in Londonderry, after an earlier incident led to the evacuation of a school, but proved to be an elaborate hoax.

Police have been called to the scene of the latest alert following the discovery in the Fairview Road area of Galliagh on Monday evening.

According to a PSNI spokesman, there are no further details at this stage.

On Monday morning, pupils were sent home from St Columb’s College on the Buncrana Road after a teacher found a suspect device at the rear entrance of the school.

A number of homes were subsequently evacuated in the Slievemore area and Templemore Sports Complex had to be opened as a rest centre for residents.

The device has since been examined by experts and declared a hoax, allowing residents to return to their homes.

PSNI Inspector Vince Redmond said: “I understand the disruption this incident caused for local residents who had to leave their homes as our officers worked to make the area safe.

“I want to thank the local community for their understanding and patience.”

He added that those responsible for the alert “showed a complete disregard to public safety and the education and welfare of those pupils impacted”.

Inspector Redmond further said: “I would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to call us on 101.”

A separate alert in the Springfield Road area of west Belfast, where a medical centre had to be closed, has ended after parts of a firearm and a number of rounds of ammunition were found.