Car burnt out in Bogside

The burnt out car near Joseph's Place in Derry's Bogside.

The burnt out car near Joseph's Place in Derry's Bogside.

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A fire that destroyed an abandoned car in the Bogside area of Derry on Tuesday morning is being treated by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service as “deliberate”.

The NIFRS received a report of a car on fire in the Joseph Place area of the Bogside at 3:42am on Tuesday.

“One Fire Appliance from Northland Fire Station was deployed to the scene. The incident finished at 3:52am and is being treated as a deliberate fire. The incident has been passed onto the Police Service of Northern Ireland,” a NIFRS spokesperson told the ‘Journal’.

The burnt out Seat, which was taken from Galliagh Park at midnight on Monday, continued to block a lane of traffic on Rossville Street during rush hour morning traffic on Tuesday.

PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said police are appealing for information about anyone who saw the car being taken, driven to Joseph Place or set on fire.

Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Colly Kelly, urged anyone with information to pass it on to the police.

“This kind of incident has no place in this community. I would appeal to anyone with information about the destruction of this car to contact the polic,” said Colr. Kelly.