Londonderry alert declared 'elaborate hoax'

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Image caption Army bomb disposal experts are currently at the scene

Residents evacuated from their homes in Londonderry due to a security alert have been allowed to return.

The alert began around 1010 BST on Monday morning police received a report that a device had been found in the Clon Elagh in the Galliagh area of the city.

Army bomb disposal experts examined the object and it was declared an elaborate hoax.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 1600 BST.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland urged anyone with information to come forward.

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience in giving us time as we dealt with the incident," Inspector McDermott said.

"Our enquiries are continuing and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information, to contact police," he added.

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