Page last updated at 07:44 GMT, Thursday, 15 April 2010 08:44 UK

Man drove device away from city

A suspicious object has been left on the outskirts of Derry
A suspicious object was left on the outskirts of Derry

The driver of a privately-owned bus at the centre of a security alert in Londonderry removed the suspect device as the police sealed off the area.

The object, which turned out to be a hoax, was examined by army bomb experts on the road side.

Bus owner William Leonard said the driver contacted him to tell him he was driving the bus away from the city.

The Groarty Road, at the junction with the Springtown Road, was cordoned off for much of Wednesday.

"He saw the suspect device and knew it was nothing sinister, nothing more than a suspect device," said Mr Leonard.

"He said, 'If I phone the police and they bring bomb disposal they're going to close off half of Derry and everybody's going to be tortured again'.

"So he drove it to as safe a place as he could."

Mr Leonard, a businessman from Bready, told BBC Radio Foyle the bus had been parked at the home of the employee in Foyle Springs on Tuesday night.

The window was broken and something was thrown into the vehicle.

Mr Leonard said this was the fifth bus he has had attacked.

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