A PSNI spokesperson said: “The area has been cordoned off and a number of residents have been evacuated to Templemore Sports Complex while officers examine the vehicle. This follows a report that a white Volkswagen Caddy van had been hijacked in the Bracken Park area of the city at around 9pm on Tuesday evening.
“Officers would like to thank local residents for their patience as they work to ensure their safety and would ask anyone who witnessed the hijacking incident or the van being abandoned in Galliagh Park to contact them in Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 1847 18/01/22. 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/.”