Grenade thrown at police in Derry

What's been described as a "viable military hand grenade" was thrown at police in Derry yesterday as they were clearing the scene of a security alert in Derry.

Several homes had been evacuated and Army bomb experts had been called to the scene to examine a suspicious object in Creggan's Southway Road area. The alert began at 12.30 and had just been declared a hoax at 5.45 when the attack happened.

Police say the device, which did not explode, landed at the feet of a police officer who was speaking to two children under the age of ten.