UPDATE: PSNI come under attack overnight in ongoing security alert – local community thanked for ‘patience and understanding’

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This morning, a PSNI spokesperson confirmed that the security alert was still ongoing and officers remained at the scene.

Residents whose homes were evacuated yesterday were able to return.

Fahan Street remains closed and diversions are in place.

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The PSNI spokesperson added that last night officers at the scene in Fahan Street were attacked and a number of police vehicles were damaged after missiles were thrown at them.

Derry City and Strabane Area Commander Chief Superintendent Ryan Henderson said: ‘It is extremely disappointing to have witnessed the scenes of disorder on our streets last night. Our officers have been to the area following the discovery of a number of suspicious items yesterday morning and we have been working to secure the area. Scenes like the ones on our streets last night are insane.

“Fortunately, we were able to bring the situation under control and restore calm to the area shortly before 11 p.m.

“I want to thank everyone affected by this incident. I know how disruptive this has been, especially for residents who have had to leave their homes.

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“Our primary goal throughout this operation is to keep our community safe, and we are working on this situation as quickly as possible. Everyone’s safety is our top priority and we will not take any risks with this.

“We will bring you more information when we can.

A former SDLP councilor, Brian Tierney, said a security alert in the Fahan Street area of ​​Derry was disrupting the lives of local residents.

Councilor Tierney said: “This security alert is causing significant disruption to our town this afternoon and the last thing local residents should face is being evicted from their homes on a Monday morning. Fahan Street has been closed, which caused difficulties for people who regularly travel through this area.

“I am on the ground in contact with local residents and community representatives to ensure that they are supported until the end of this security alert. I am also in contact with the police to try to establish a timetable for the residents to return to their homes.

“We are tired of incidents like this interrupting the life of our community and I would ask anyone with information to report to the police as soon as possible.”

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