DETECTIVES at Strand Road are appealing for information after two viable pipe bomb type devices were recovered during a security alert in the Waterside of Derry.
A number of homes had to be evacuated and workers told to stay in doors while ATO made the lethal devices safe.
Detective Inspector Lindsay Fisher said: “Police responded to a report of two suspicious objects in the Montgomery Close area at around 1:30 pm.
“An operation was immediately put in place to secure the area, with a section of the Rossdowney Road closed for a number of hours to ensure the safety of the public whilst enquiries were conducted.
!ATO were tasked to the scene and the objects have since been declared viable and taken away for further forensic examination.
“The safety of the community is of paramount importance and we will not take any risks, however, I want to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during this operation as we worked to bring it to a conclusion.
“I am aware how frustrating this incident has been, and the inconvenience and disruption it has caused to the local community who have had their lives disrupted, including a number of residents who were evacuated from their homes.
“Thankfully, nobody was injured because of the reckless actions of criminals who showed absolutely no regard for the community by placing two potentially deadly devices in a built-up area.
“I urge the public to remain vigilant. If anyone finds anything suspicious please do not touch it – phone the police immediately.
“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the in the area of Montgomery Close leading up to this event specifically late in the evening of Saturday, 11th November to contact detectives at Strand Road Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 629 of 13/11/17.
“Or information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”