Galliagh ‘madness’: ‘Kids were setting each other alight’

Scorch marks on the road mark the spot were teenagers set fire to the road between Leafair Gardens and Glencaw Park.

Scorch marks on the road mark the spot were teenagers set fire to the road between Leafair Gardens and Glencaw Park.

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Community representatives, politicians and police are to hold urgent talks in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour in a Derry housing estate.

The move follows fresh trouble in the Galliagh area of the city on Friday night.

It’s understood up to 40 youths poured petrol on the street and set it on fire to create a barricade in Leafair Gardens and Glencaw Park.

When police arrived, they were attacked by youths throwing bricks and bottles.

Two teenage boys, aged 14 and 16, were arrested during the trouble. They were later released on police bail.

One local resident told the ‘Journal’ that the area is “plagued” by drunken youths causing “mayhem” most weekends.

The householder, who didn’t want to be named, said: “It’s completely out of control.

“On Friday night, the madness reached new levels. They were spraying the petrol on each other and setting each other alight.

“They were actually running about the place with their legs and arms on fire. It’s a ridiculous situation. I’m thinking of leaving the area. It’s madness - absolute madness.”