A public safety operation is underway in Creggan after a suspicious device was found inside the grounds of the City Cemetery off Lone Moor Road. 

The discovery was made just after 6.30am today, Tuesday 11th April. Cordons are in place in the vicinity and, at this time, there is no general access to the City Cemetery. One home has been evacuated at this time.

Derry City & Strabane Area Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: "We fully understand the level of concern and anger in relation to this, but we have absolutely no option but to take this action. Public safety is our priority, and we will never take any chances when it comes to protecting people and communities. 

"This suspicious device is located in the same area where participants in yesterday's un-notified Easter parade took cover under umbrellas and removed the paramilitary-style clothing they wore, and burnt them.

"A cemetery is where people pay their respects in memory of their loved ones. This callous and provocative move flies in the face of that. It is appalling.

"We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum, and work through this operation as quickly as possible. However, I cannot stress enough that public safety is our priority and I want to thank the community for their support."

A further update will be provided in due course.