It’s been confirmed that two weapons have been seized following a security alert at the City Cemetery in Derry.
Police say the firearms,m described as semi-automatic handguns, were found within the grounds of the City Cemetery and have been taken away for further examination.
Searches have continued in the area, since yesterday, with some people moved from their homes for a time.
PSNI statement in full –
Police have seized two firearms during a security operation in Derry/Londonderry last night, Wednesday 27 January. The weapons were found within the grounds of the City Cemetery and have been taken away for further examination.
Commenting on the operation, District Commander Superintendent Mark McEwan said: “As part of a police investigation into violent dissident republican activity a policing operation was undertaken yesterday in the grounds of the City Cemetery. As a result of this operation police have recovered two semi-automatic handguns. These are weapons that are made and possessed with one purpose in mind and that is to kill or cause serious injury to people. Those involved are intent on carrying out attacks on police officers and the local community. I am thankful this morning to be able to confirm we have taken these weapons out of circulation.
“While the removal of these weapons is a success it is very worrying to think that, within the District, this is now three firearms we have taken out of circulation this week. I cannot say if these are linked but violent dissident republican activity is the main focus of our investigations into both seizures.
“I would appeal to anyone within the community who has any information about this activity or those who are involved in it to contact Detectives in Strand Road. I would also like to thank the community, this is a very sensitive area to have to carry out such an operation and shows the total disregard that those involved have for the people of this City. It has caused significant disruption and we will work hard this morning to try and bring the operation to a conclusion.”
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Detectives in Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.