CHILDREN and young people in a Derry housing estate were left terrified on Friday evening after being chased by a man wielding a hatchet. Police were forced to use a taser to disarm the man in the Clonmeen Drive area of Strathfoyle.
Shortly before 10:00pm, police received reports of the man brandishing the deadly weapon while chasing local children in the street. Armed response officers were tasked to the scene and a 44 year old man was taken into police custody. Residents in the area informed police that a second man had also been involved and a 42 year old man was arrested a short time later. One man remains in police custody whilst the second man has been released on police bail.
One local woman, who did not wish to be named, said the young people involved had been left terrified by the violent incident.
“Police were at the scene when I arrived and had the area sealed off,” she said.
“This man just appeared out of a house, he wasn’t wearing any top and had the hatchet. He started running with it and threw it at one boy who was there. Everyone there at the time was very frightened,” she added.
“It’s not the kind of thing you expect to happen in the area where you live.”
Sinn Fein Councillor for the area, Paul Fleming, said it was fortunate that no one had been injured.
He told the Sunday Journal: “Thankfully the man was disarmed and nobody was hurt because the outcome could have been much worse but this was a very frightening incident for all those involved.”
Police are continuing their inquiries
“Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information is asked to contact police in Waterside on 0845 600 8000. 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.”