In the interests of accurate reporting, Id like to acknowledge that the sceptics were right. The van parked last Saturday in Derry between the courthouse and the Deanery, and detonated by a controlled explosion, was empty and wasnt part of a hoax, the police say. But there was a jittery atmosphere in Derry that day after a suspicious device was found on Craigavon bridge and a warning issued by the 32 county sovereignty movement.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London