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Weapons find in Derry City Cemetery

Police photographs of a handgun similar to those found in Derry this week
Gail Bell

POLICE investigating dissident republican activity in Derry have seized two firearms within the grounds of the city cemetery.

The weapons - two semi-automatic handguns - were seized on Wednesday evening.

Appealing for information, District Commander Superintendent Mark McEwan said the discovery had shown a "total disregard" for people living in the city.

"I would appeal to anyone within the community who has any information about this activity or those who are involved in it to contact detectives in Strand Road," he said.

"I would also like to thank the community - this is a very sensitive area to have to carry out such an operation and shows the total disregard that those involved have for the people of this city.

"It has caused significant disruption and we will work hard this morning to try and bring the operation to a conclusion."

The discovery caused a security alert which has ended after a controlled explosion was carried out.

Meanwhile, a number of people were moved from their homes in Ballyclare, Co Antrim, due to a security alert yesterday. Police said "nothing untoward" was found and residents had since returned to their homes.

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