Burnt out car lifted before Derry wedding

The burnt out car abandoned next to the statue at the roundabout in Galliagh.
The burnt out car abandoned next to the statue at the roundabout in Galliagh.
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Efforts have been made to clear a burnt out car abandoned close to a Derry church before a wedding this afternoon.

The car was driven to the roundabout outside St Joseph’s Church in Galliagh (known locally as the White Chapel) before being set ablaze.

The fire was started just a few feet from tone of Derry’s largest and most treasured public artworks, Maurice Harron’s the Children Of Hope sculpture, which is located on the same roundabout.

Joyriders are thought to have dumped the car overnight on Wednesday into Thursday.

Sinn Fein Councillor for the area, Tony Hassan, said his party was contacted ahead of the wedding on Thursday and asked to help and ensure the car was removed prior to the ceremony.

Colr. Hassan said: “I condemn those who were involved in this incident.

“This type of behaviour has to stop, and thankfully this is a rare occurrence these days in the Galliagh area. Joyriding is something nobody in the area wants.”

Colr. Hassan said that such attacks were very unwelcome in the estate following a number of positive developments, including moves towards securing a new community centre for the future.

He added: “I would urge anyone with an information about who was involved in this episode to give it to the PSNI.”