Kids aged 8 blamed for damage

Safety barriers were stolen from around gas installation works on the Lecky Road. (0607MM36)

Safety barriers were stolen from around gas installation works on the Lecky Road. (0607MM36)

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Children as young as eight years-old were responsible for causing up to £8,000 worth of damage to buildings in Ballymagroarty in a daylight vandalism attack, a local councillor has claimed.

Sinn Féin’s Eric McGinley made the claim after windows were broken at a building in an industrial estate close to the Dunnes store in the area on Tuesday.

“It seems that those responsible were fairly young children, as young as eight years-old. It is believed they had taken these stones from a garden before using them to smash the windows,” he said.

Colr. McGinley appealed to parents to be aware of what their children are doing during the school holidays.

“As we move into the holidays parents need to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brandywell councillor Patrica Logue condemned vandals who caused up to £3,000 worth of damage when safety barriers were stolen and burned in the area.

“This is a sheer wanton act of vandalism. Plastic safety barriers were removed from around roadworks currently underway in preparation for the installation of gas.”