By Oisin Sweeney • 24 December 2020 • 19:26
SEVERAL households in the County Derry town of Coleraine have been evacuated on Christmas Eve following the discovery of four suspicious devises.
Four suspicious devises were detected by PSNI officers during a Christmas Eve security operation in Coleraine, a town of 24,000 residents 50 kilometres from Londonderry/Derry.
Police cleared residents from several homes in the Heights area of the town, with the PSNI stating that they are unable to provide further details at this time.
Caoimhe Archibald, a member of Northern Ireland’s parliament from the republican Sinn Fein party, said the incident has caused major disruption to residents who would otherwise be enjoying Christmas Eve.
“This is disgraceful. The last thing people need is having to leave their homes in the middle of a cold winter’s night and at a time when emergency services are already under pressure during a public health emergency,” she said.
“Those responsible have nothing to offer local people apart from disruption and inconvenience.” She encouraged anybody with information regarding the devices to contact the PSNI.
Coleraine saw 13 deaths during the Northern Irish troubles, including the brutal IRA car-bombing of six Protestant pensioners in 1973.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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