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Van driver told bomb is a hoax after masked men told him to drive it to a police station

The PSNI have described the incident as ‘frightening’.

A bomb disposal expert in Northern Ireland (File photo)
A bomb disposal expert in Northern Ireland (File photo)
Image: AP/Press Association Images

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have said that a suspicious object which was put in the back of a delivery van was a hoax.

The PSNI have described the incident as ‘frightening’ and condemned the people who did it.

Two masked men had hijacked the van in Derry earlier today, putting a wheelie ban into the back and ordering the driver to go to a nearby police station, telling him that it was a bomb.

The PSNI were informed, the vehicle was stopped, and a bomb disposal team was deployed.  It was confirmed this evening that the security alert is now over and the object was a hoax.

“This was undoubtedly a frightening experience for the lorry driver,” chief inspector Tony Callaghan of the PSNI said.

Today a man was going about his normal day-to-day work when he was confronted by masked men and ordered to drive with what he was told was a bomb to the police station.

He appealed for information from the public to “show the perpetrators that this is not what anyone wants for the city”.

The hoax has been widely condemned by politicians.

Earlier: Lorry hijacked and driver ordered to take suspicious object to police station > 

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