Update: Security alerts in the Waterside

Suspicious objects have been found in two separate parts of the Limavady Road in the Waterside.

At about 10.25am police discovered an object in the front garden of a home in Trafalgar Court and then a second object has been discovered at Jeffrey Avenue, also in the Waterside area of the city.

Army bomb experts were called to the scene of both alerts.

The roads around Trafalgar Court at the Brigade Road at Rossdowney roundabout were cordoned off by police who have advised people to avoid the area of Jeffrey Avenue and Harkness Gardens,

DUP councillor Drew Thompson said: “I have been told by the PSNI that it is a suspect pipe bomb left in a home in Trafalgar Court.”

“There’s a residential home close by, they haven’t been evacuated but they have been made aware and are moving to the back of the premises.”

Community centres have been opened for those who have had to leave their homes.

Inspector Sam Shearer said: “A suspicious object has been located in the front garden of a property.

“A cordon is in place at Limavady Road and Broomhill Avenue and members of the public should avoid the area at present.”

Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: “If these are viable devices, they are intended to damage or threaten.

“If they are not, then they are intended to disrupt and put people off their everyday business.

“Either way, we have streets cordoned off in two parts of the Waterside – with residents disrupted and many homes evacuated as a result.”

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