SDLP Cllr Brian Tierney has called for vigilance following reports of a suspicious device in the Leafair area in Derry.
Cllr Tierney said: “There have been police searches in the Leafair area last night and this morning following reports of a suspicious device.
“Nothing has yet been found by the PSNI so it is vital that residents remain vigilant.
“These searches are taking place just yards away from a local school.
“I am very fearful that children’s natural curiosity could possibly lead to them stumbling upon this potentially dangerous device.
“I urge residents to remain alert and to report any suspicious activity or sightings to the PSNI or to a local representative.”