Arrests as cars seized in separate Derry operations

A car being towed away after the intervention of the PSNI yesterday.

A car being towed away after the intervention of the PSNI yesterday.

Police yesterday arrested two people following reports of a car doing ‘donut’ manoeuvres in the Northland Road area.

The arrests were made by PSNI responding to a public alert over the incident in the Ballymagroarty area yesterday morning.

Ballyarnett Neighbourhood Policing Team were dispatched to deal with the incident and a spokesperson said the two males were arrested “in relation to death driving” after allegedly “carrying out hand brake turns and striking a kerb”.

The car was seized during the episode.

A number of other vehicles have been seized over recent days across the Ballyarnett ward.

In a separate incident on Sunday, police reported that two cars stolen in Culmore area were recovered and two people arrested.

The PSNI said the operation was undertaken with assistance from the public.

Speaking about this incident, Sinn Fein Councillor for the Greater Shantallow area Tony Hassan said “I welcome the recovery of these cars.

“There have been a number of problems highlighted in recent weeks in regards to the theft and burning of cars, run-arounds and death riding.

“All of this is having a negative impact on the local community at a time when so much positive work is happening in the districts.”

Colr. Hassan added: “I would urge anyone who has information on those involved in such criminality to bring it forward.”

Efforts at combating anti-social behaviour have stepped up across the area over recent weeks, with a number of cars seized after suspected joyriding incidents.

Two grass roots Community Empowerment groups have been set up to help deal with issues affecting local residents.

The two groups have been conducting patrols across the streets of the Galliagh and Ballymagroarty estates and staging interventions with the aim of ensuring the safety and well being of local residents and tackling anti-community activity.