Traffic lights torched on Madam’s Bank Road ‘wanton vandalism’ - McCallion

Sinn Fein Councillor Elisha McCallion.
Sinn Fein Councillor Elisha McCallion.

Sinn Féin Assembly candidate Elisha McCallion has warned vandals who torched a set of traffic lights at Madam’s Bank Road in Derry are “placing the lives of motorists and pedestrians in danger”.

Describing Saturday night’s incident as “wanton vandalism”, Sinn Fein’s Elisha McCallion said: “These lights have been repeatedly attacked since they were introduced in 2012.

“They provide safety for pedestrians, particularly children going to school.

“This is also a major road, which services several housing developments and carries a high volume of cross border traffic.

“I am appealing to whoever is carrying out this nonsense to stop.

“Attacking any sort of road safety measure is placing the lives of motorists and pedestrians in danger.

“It is local people who are suffering and their lives being disrupted by these senseless incidents and that is something no one wants.”

NIFRS Station Commander Andrew Russell said whoever was responsible knocked out the traffic lights for the entire junction.

“No one could have crossed four lanes of traffic,” he said.

When asked what message he had for those responsible, Commander Russell said: “Consider your actions and the safety of others. Such action could have caused a significant accident on that road. It’s putting the lives of road users at risk.”