Latest: Police responding to third security alert in Derry; 'Suspicious object' in Belfast

Latest: Police in the North are responding to another security alert in Derry, as well as one in Belfast.

In Derry, the PSNI are advising people to avoid Northland Road, close to the Glenbank Road junction, after a report of an abandoned vehicle.

That follows a controlled explosion on a hijacked van in Creggan earlier today. Another van was also hijacked this morning.

The British Army robot examines a van at Creggan after it was hijacked earlier today. North West Newspix
The British Army robot examines a van at Creggan after it was hijacked earlier today. North West Newspix

Meanwhile, Belfast police are investigating after the discovery of a suspicious object.

Road closures are in place on the Springfield Road and Lanark Way in North Belfast.

They're the latest in a series of security alerts, and come two days after a car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in Derry City Centre.

Five people were arrested in connection with the blast, but a solicitor said the first two suspects, detained in the early hours of Sunday morning, had since been released unconditionally.

Later, the PSNI confirmed that four of the five men have been released.

A 50-year-old man arrested earlier today remains in police custody.

Earlier (16:43pm): The PSNI have carried out a controlled explosion on a hijacked van in Derry.

The controlled explosion, carried out by army technical officers, took place on the Circular Road area.

A number of homes remain evacuated and cordons remain.

It was one of two vans hijacked in Derry today.

The PSNI is still dealing with a second security alert on the Lonemoor Road area of Creggan.

Earlier (14:59pm): The PSNI is dealing with a second security alert in Derry, after a delivery driver's vehicle was hijacked by four masked men at 1:45pm this afternoon.

PSNI officers at the scene of the hijacked van in Creggan. North West Newspix
PSNI officers at the scene of the hijacked van in Creggan. North West Newspix

One of them is reported to have had a gun.

The two occupants of the van were ordered to drive it to the Lonemoor Road and leave it there.

The PSNI says cordons are being put in place.

Earlier (12:52pm): A security alert is currently in place in the Circular Road area of Derry.

The PSNI says the alert was issued after reports that three masked men hijacked a van at around 11.30am today.

The police service says the men threw an object into the back of the vehicle before abandoning it.

Cordons are in place at the moment.

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