16 Apr 2012

A pipe bomb has been left under a car belonging to the family of a police officer in Derry.

The device was left under the car at about 21:00 BST on Sunday. Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.

The device was left near the family home of a police officer

A number of homes were evacuated while Army bomb experts dealt with the device at Drumleck Drive in Shantallow.

The serving PSNI officer does not live in the house. Police have blamed dissident republicans for the attack.

Superintendent Chris Yates said the bomb could have injured anybody on the street.

“We will leave no stone unturned in bringing the people responsible for this to justice,” he said.

The alert caused disruption for local residents, including Laura Deery and her six-month-old son, Leo, who had to flee their home at about midnight.

“It was just terrifying. I had to lift the baby out of his bed, and our family had to walk up the street in our bare feet,” she said.

“We weren’t allowed back for food or nappies.

“How would these people like it if members of their family were put to the street?


“My baby could have been blown to pieces, I could have been making funeral arrangements.”

Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: “Those responsible for leaving this viable device were out to cause damage and if they couldn’t cause damage they certainly wanted to cause disruption to the many people who live nearby.

“It was carried out with malice.

Laura Deery and her six-month-old son, Leo, were caught up in the alert Laura Deery and her six-month-old son, Leo, were caught up in the alert

“Once again those behind this attack are just damaging the people of Derry – they are advancing no cause or argument by this and are just bringing distress and disruption to the people of this city.”

Policing Board chairman Brian Rea said: “The sense of community outrage shows that those responsible for leaving this device are completely out of touch with the community majority.

“We are thankful that the device was found in time, but our thoughts are with the officer’s family and the people living close by who have been subjected to a most terrifying incident.”

Meanwhile, a security alert has ended in north Belfast.

People were moved from their homes while a suspicious vehicle was examined by an Army bomb team close to Ligoniel Primary School.

Police say “nothing untoward” was found.