Real IRA alerts cause havoc in Derry

Security alerts are continuing in Derry after the Real IRA said they left four devices in the city.

A hijacked milk van has been left outside Strand Road Police Station and the roads between Lawrence Hill and Asylum Road are cordoned off.

An area around Bishop Street Courthouse is also closed after another hijacked vehicle was abandoned at Bishop's Gate.

At least three controlled explosions have been carried out. People have been evacuated from both areas.

The Craigavon Bridge is also closed.

A police helicopter is monitoring Madam's Bank Road, but it remains open.

Motorists have been asked to avoid the areas if possible.

Journalist Eamon McDermott was contacted by the Real IRA who claimed repsonsibility for todays events:

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