‘Arson attacks will end in tragedy’ - Hassan

The Corsa burned out at Slievemore Park. (2108SL01)
The Corsa burned out at Slievemore Park. (2108SL01)

A local councillor has condemnend those responsible for burning a car parked outside a house in the Slievemore area of the city in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan was speaking after the car was burned in Slievemore Park shortly after 2.40am on Saturday.

Colr. Hassan said the car was burned by a group of young people who have been causing problems for residents in the area. He added that the owner of the car had previously confronted the youths about their behaviour and suggested this was the motivation for the arson attack.

“The people who set fire to this car in the early hours of the morning could have burned a family to death if it had spread to the house. Fortunately, due to the quick response of the Fire Service, this was prevented.

“There is no justification for this attack or for the other attacks in this areas recently,” he said.

Colr. Hassan warned that someone could be killed if arson attacks on cars continue. “This type of incident could have dire consequences. Sooner or later we could be looking at a situation where we have a tragedy if this continues. People need to realise the seriousness of their actions,” he said.

Colr. Hassan also encouraged anyone with information on the attack to contact the PSNI.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said; “Police in Foyle are appealing for information after a report of arson close to premises in the Slievemore Park, Shantallow area in the early hours of Saturday, 20th August.

“Shortly after 2:40am, it was reported that a car was on fire at a house in the area. It is believed that two youths were in the area at the time of the incident.

“Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police at Foyle on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111