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Police called to security alert near Derry polling station

Police were at the scene in Derry last night

POLICE were last night dealing with a suspicious device near a polling station in Derry.

The alert was sparked in Moss Road following reports of an object - believed to be a number of canisters taped together - had been left on a traffic island. The road was closed as police investigated the device.

A controlled explosion was carried out and the device was later declared a hoax. It was taken away for forensic examination and the Moss Road was reopened.

The nearby St Paul's Primary School was being used as a polling station for the European Parliament elections.

Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during the course of this policing operation. 

"The blame for the inconvenience, however, lies squarely with those individuals who left this close to a local school, which was being used as a polling station this evening. Those responsible have absolutely nothing to offer local people or society in general. 

“I would like to appeal to anyone who has information about this incident to contact police at Strand Road on 101

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