Northern Ireland Electricity workers threatened

The NIE van which was burned out at Linsfort Drive in Creggan last night.
The NIE van which was burned out at Linsfort Drive in Creggan last night.

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) say two of their workers were threatened by masked men in the Creggan estate last night.

The workers were in the area carrying out repairs at Linsfort Drive when the masked men attempted to order them to take a suspect device to Strand Road police station. The NIE workers ran away and their vehicle was burned out a short time later. Some homes in the area remain without power.

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said: “This is absolutely disgraceful.

“I visited the scene and local residents are very angry about what has gone on here.The people behind this attack need to step forward and explain the rational behind this.The staff were working on a nearby substation and they couldn’t even finish their work. There’s no doubt about it that there are dissident elements here.”

SDLP MLA, Pat Ramsey said on his Facebook account that he had been passing through the area at the time and saw the van on fire. He described the incident as “disgraceful activity”.