A pipe bomb exploded in the front garden of a home in Derry in the early hours of this Sunday morning, the PSNI has said.

Detectives in Strand Road are appealing for information on the incident, which was reported at about 2am.

The bomb exploded in the front garden of a home in the Montgomery Close area.

No damage was done to the property and there were no injuries.

Detective Sergeant Richard Donnell said: "At approximately 2am this morning, Sunday 31st March, police received a report that a device in the form of a pipe bomb had exploded in the front garden of a residential property in Montgomery Close.

"Thankfully no damage has been caused to the property. However the occupants of property were very lucky to escape injury.

"Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who saw any persons or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 91 of 31/03/19.

"Alternatively, information can 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," said the Det Sgt.