Police search at Dungiven continues into third day

Police investigating claims that an explosive device have been left in the rural Drumsurn area near Dungiven have closed a number of roads in the vicinity, including the Legavallon Road (pictured).
Police investigating claims that an explosive device have been left in the rural Drumsurn area near Dungiven have closed a number of roads in the vicinity, including the Legavallon Road (pictured).

Police are this morning entering their third day of searches after a claim that an explosive device has been left in a rural area of Co Londonderry.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence continues to ask people in the area to remain vigilant. “If you see any suspicious objects, please do not touch them. Inform police immediately by dialling 999,” he said.

The operation is centred on the Belraugh Road/Legavallon Road area of Drumsurn which has been used as a training site for Army reservists.

On Thursday night the PSNI said the search area has been extended and that several homes have now been evacuated.

“The scene will be held overnight with further search activity to commence on Friday,” a police spokesman said.

An anonymous telephone caller to a charity in the early hours of Wednesday - speaking with and Irish accent and claiming to be from “the Republican Movement” - said a device had been lying undiscovered for several days.

A police spokesman said it was important that local people remained vigilant and rang 999 if they discover any suspicious objects.

In response to a complaint from a Sinn Fein councillor last month, the Ministry of Defence confirmed reservists from 38 (Irish) Brigade were involved in “essential training” in the area.

A MOD spokesperson said: “This training ensures that the reservists, drawn from across the community, are ready for any commitments including humanitarian aid...to combat Ebola in western Africa”.