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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
City alert linked to Orde visit
Scene of the alert
Police have been examining the scene in Derry city centre
A security alert near a Londonderry city centre hotel was linked to a scheduled visit by the PSNI chief constable, police have said.

The alert was later declared to be an elaborate hoax. It began when two suspicious objects were found near the Tower Hotel in the Diamond area.

Sir Hugh Orde's planned visit to the hotel had already been cancelled before the alerts began on Wednesday morning.

Part of the hotel was evacuated while army bomb experts examined the scene.

A third object found at the postal delivery office in Great James Street was also declared a hoax.

Superintendent David Hanna said: "The message to those responsible is move on, everyone in this city is moving on.

"It is a small group of people who do not want progress and who are bringing this city back into the headlines for all of the wrong reasons."

Security alert closes part of city

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