A search operation is underway this morning (Friday 19th February) by police in Derry/Londonderry investigating a report that a device has been left in the Racecourse Road area of the city.

To facilitate the search, Skeoge Link Road will be closed for several hours. Diversions are in place via Culmore Road and the city centre.

Superintendent Catherine Magee said: “We appreciate the inconvenience this road closure may cause for people affected by this incident, and I want to thank them for their patience and understanding while our officers work to ensure their safety. As we continue with our enquiries, I’m appealing to the local community, and to people travelling through the area, that if they notice anything suspicious they should contact police immediately on 999.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 576 14/02/21. A report can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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