Condemnation follows Waterside pipe bomb attack

SDLP Councillor Gerry Diver (DER1014PG053)
SDLP Councillor Gerry Diver (DER1014PG053)

Detectives are appealing for information following an explosion that occurred in the Lincoln Court area of Derry on the evening of Saturday 3 October.

Just after 10.10pm, it is believed that a pipe bomb type device was placed on the window sill of a house when it exploded, smashing the window. The female resident, a woman aged in her 20s, was not injured in the incident.

Army Techical Officers were tasked to the scene and five homes were evacuated for a time.

Detective Inspector Stewart said: “We are lucky that no-one was injured by this device, or by the window smashing. This is being treated as a sectarian hate crime and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101. 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.”

Derry SDLP Waterside councillor Gerard Diver has condemned the attack.

Speaking in the aftermath of the incident councillor Diver said: “I would condemn outright this disgraceful attack on a person living in the Waterside. I understand the police are following a few different lines of enquiry, but what is very clear is that the incident was motivated by hate.

“Sadly we have a history of people being attacked in their homes over the years in this city and district, and it’s unbelievable that this type of sinister event can still happen in 2015.

“My complete sympathy is with the victim of this attack who thankfully has escaped physical harm, but who I’m sure has been traumatised by the events. I would appeal for anyone with information to pass it on to the PSNI as a matter of urgency, so that those responsible can be brought to justice.”