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Controlled explosion carried out in Derry security alert

The suspicious object was declared to be a hoax

A CONTROLLED explosion has been carried out on a suspicious object found in the front garden of a house in Derry.

Police attended the scene shortly before 10.30pm last night in the Fergleen Park area of the city.

Homes were evacuated and the area closed off as the object was examined. After a controlled explosion was carried out, the object was declared to be a hoax and taken away for further examination.

Residents were allowed back into their homes shortly after 3am.

Inspector McManus said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience as officers worked through the night to ensure their safety.

"I would also appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who has any information which could assist with our enquiries to call police in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 1774 03/06/18."

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