SDLP East Derry MLA Cara Hunter has said that security alerts in the area are disrupting people’s lives.
She was speaking after an object found in Portrush was declared an elaborate hoax.
It follows an alert in Dungiven last week.
East Derry MLA Ms Hunter said:
“It’s disgraceful that a number of residents were forced out of their homes on a cold evening as a result of this incident. Those behind it need to realise the damage they are causing, end their activities and get off the backs of the local community.
“People here just want to live in peace and don’t need their lives being disrupted by incidents like this. This is the second security alert in the constituency in as many weeks and our communities are understandably sick and tired of having to deal with it.
“My thoughts are also with the police officer who was attacked while responding to the alert in Portrush and required hospital treatment. I hope they make a quick recovery from their injuries. Nobody should be subjected to this kind of treatment while doing their job and I thank police for their response to this alert.”