Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan has said people living in the Greater Shantallow area of Derry saw known individuals using the car involved in an incident near Burnfoot on Monday night in which a man was seriously injured.
The car, a Mercedes A class, was later burned out in the Steelstown area. It’s understood it’s being removed this afternoon.
The incident happened outside a wake house near Burnfoot when a man from Dungiven left a wake to find two men acting suspiciously near his lorry. When he approached them they made off in a silver Mercedes A class. The man got hold of the car and was carried towards Bridgend but was then struck by an oncoming car. He suffered two broken legs and injuries to his pelvis and chest. He’s said to be in a stable condition in Altnagelvin Hospital.
Colr Hassan told the Journal: “We got calls here in the office about this silver car being seen in the area over the weekend with three or four guys in it.”
He condemned those responsible for burning the car and urged anyone to contact the police if they saw anything suspicious in the Steelstown Road area in relation to the car.
The Sinn Fein representative added that car crime had returned to the area after a lull over the past year. He called on the PSNI to make arrests.
Buncrana’s Mayor Peter McLaughlin saw the incident outside the wakehouse and said the man involved was “lucky to be alive”.
He told BBC Radio Foyle: “To think that these boys didn’t care about what they have done and were prepared to drive through or over anything that got in their way, is scary.”
He added that he hadn’t been able to sleep properly after seeing the man’s injuries.