Security alert appeal

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Police in Foyle are appealing for information following a security alert on the Madams Bank Road this morning, Friday 27 February.

Just before 6am, a gritting lorry was stopped by three men. The driver was told that an object had been placed in the lorry and that he was to drive it to the Strand Road area.

The driver refused to do so and was assaulted by one of the men. The driver then drove the lorry to another part of the Madams Bank Road and reported this to police. The lorry was subsequently examined by police and no object was found.

Inspector Mark Catterson said: “This follows a similar incident that occurred in the Linsfort Drive area on the evening of Wednesday 25 February. Again, nothing was found in this incident. Police are investigating all lines of enquiry into both of these incidents but I would say to anyone who is involved in them that they should bear in mind the disruption that they are causing to the local community.

“Wednesday night’s incident meant that several homes went without electricity while this morning’s incident meant that a gritter was off the road on a morning when it was well needed. It also caused traffic disruption for a short period,” he said.

“I would ask anyone who knows anything about either of incidents to contact Strand Road Polcie Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”