Police in Derry are investigating after the discovery of a pipe bomb-type device in the Waterside area of the city last night.

Police say they received a report shortly before 9:55pm that earlier, around 6.00pm, a young boy had lifted the remains of the device from the garden of a house in the Curlew Way area.

Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: "Our enquiries are at an early stage, however, it appears at this time the device had detonated prior to it being lifted by the young boy.

"While this was not a live device, the fact a young boy found it and lifted it shows the blatant disregard by those responsible for leaving it there. It was completely reckless.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has information about this to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 2084 of 21/05/19."

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Detective Inspector Winters added: "I also want to take this opportunity to remind the public if anyone comes across anything suspicious, please call police immediately."

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