Londonderry security alert an 'elaborate hoax'

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Image caption A number of roads were closed in the area near the Rainbow Child and Family Centre

Police have said a security alert, which closed a day care centre in Londonderry, was an "elaborate hoax".

Police said a suspect device had been found in the Rossnagalliagh area. Army bomb experts and police have now left the scene.

Rainbow Child and Family Centre was evacuated and a number of roads were closed.

Templemore Sports Complex was also opened for those affected.

Image caption A nursery school in the area was evacuated during the alert

PSNI Ch Insp Gordon McCalmont told BBC Radio Foyle: "I've just been told that this was an elaborate hoax.

"It wasn't a viable device but somebody has gone to great lengths to make us believe that something viable was there.

"We will be launching a criminal investigation. We are quite confident that things will be wrapped up pretty quickly."