Galliagh damage in ‘excess of thousands of pounds’

The PSNI has confirmed the damage sustained to tactical vehicles attending an incident of anti-social behaviour in Galliagh on Wednesday will cost in “excess of thousands of pounds”.

At a specially held press conference at Strand Road PSNI station yesterday evening, Chief Inspector Alan Hutton confirmed that two tactical vehicles had sustained “significant damage”.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton points out some of the damage to the PSNI vehicle. DER1515-114KM

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton points out some of the damage to the PSNI vehicle. DER1515-114KM

“The damage will cost in excess of thousands of pounds to fix. Vehicles can be fixed but the fact remains, because the actions of some young people we have had to take some of our vehicles, which are there to help the community, off the road. Whilst vehicles can be fixed some peoples’ futures might not be if they act in this manner.”

On Wednesday evening a member of the public contacted the PSNI to inform them of a severe level of anti-social behaviour in the Leafair area.

The PSNI arrived at the scene shortly after 9:30pm where they used C.S. irritant spray to attempt to quell the situation. A 17 year-old youth was arrested at the scene.

A few hours after the PSNI first attended the scene they received reports from the public that masked men carrying firearms had been spotted firing shots in the area.

Some of the damage to the PSNI vehicle. DER1515-113KM

Some of the damage to the PSNI vehicle. DER1515-113KM

“Police did receive reports some hours later that there were masked men in the area firing shots and I would appeal to any members of the public with information to bring it forward however I should stress that the investigation is at an early stage,” said Chief Inspector Alan Hutton.

In the days leading up to the disturbances in Leafair a number of reports of alleged assaults were made to the PSNI.

It is unclear whether the alleged assaults are directly linked to what took place in Galliagh on Wednesday.

Chief Inspector Hutton went on to say: “There are a number of people who have been assaulted over the last week. This is what happens when people take too much drink and yes there was someone assaulted during Wednesday’s incidents. I would call on those responsible to think about the impact their actions can have on the individual.

“I would like to warn young people that if convicted of an offence it can affect your future, your education, ability to travel and getting a job. I would encourage people to act responsibly and act within the law.”