Northern Ireland

Homes evacuated in security alert in Southway, Londonderry

BBC
Image caption Police received a report of a suspicious object on Thursday afternoon

Homes have been evacuated and traffic has been disrupted due to an ongoing security alert in Southway, Londonderry.

The security alert began after police received a report of a suspicious object on Thursday afternoon.

A number of cordons are in place and police have warned that traffic will be affected.

A respite centre has been opened at Long Tower Youth Club for people displaced by the alert.

Image caption A respite centre was opened for those unable to reach their homes due to the alert

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue said: "The people who create these alerts have nothing to offer the community and should desist immediately from their campaign of disruption."