Council offer to help policeman’s family after sixth attack

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson. DER4914MC076

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson. DER4914MC076

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Derry City Council is to write to the local police chief to offer assistance for the family of a Catholic officer targeted in attacks.

The approach to G District Commander Stephen Cargin was suggested by Chairman of Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership, DUP Councillor Drew Thompson, at a meeting of the council in Derry on Tuesday afternoon.

One of the cars damaged in overnight attacks at the homes of relatives of police officers in Derry. Windows were smashed and accelerant poured over them. DER0115MC014

One of the cars damaged in overnight attacks at the homes of relatives of police officers in Derry. Windows were smashed and accelerant poured over them. DER0115MC014

At the opening of the Planning Committee meeting in the Guildhall, Mayor of Derry, SDLP Councillor Brenda Stevenson had proposed that standing orders be suspended to discuss the attacks on the parents and sister of the Catholic policeman.

The family of the PSNI officer have declined to speak about the attacks- the sixth, according to Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan, that they have endured over the past few years.

The alarm was raised on Monday night at around 9.30pm, with police receiving a report that two windows of a parked car had been smashed in, and a flammable liquid poured over the vehicle, at Drumleck Drive.

In a separate incident in Kylemore Park, accelerant was also poured over a car.

There have previously been pipe bomb attacks on vehicles belonging to the parents and sister of a serving PSNI officer from Derry in the same areas.

At least two of the attacks, back in September 2009, were the work of the Real IRA.

Speaking at the meeting, Colr. Stevenson said the officer’s family “deserved to live in peace”.

“It must be very distressing for them when their homes are attacked in this way,” she said.

“We stood up against the violence during the dark days of the past and we stand up against violence today. It is very important we stand up and condemn this and say ‘not in our name’.”

Colr. Thompson said his party also condemned the attacks.

“I think it is right people should be able to live in peace and get on with their daily lives.

“We should be sending a very clear message from this council that these attacks will not be tolerated.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan said that there had been two vehicles attacked in Kylemore as well as the one in Shantallow, adding that this was the sixth attack on the family.

Colr. Hassan also called on anyone with information about the incident to bring it forward.

At the close of the discussion, the parties agreed to a suggestion from Colr. Thompson that they make contact with the District Commander “and ask him is there any help or support we can give to the officer’s relatives.”