Derry van not part of rejectionist republican disruption

In the interests of accurate reporting, I’d 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 wasn’t 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