Youths targeting cars ‘could cause fatalities’ on busy road

Madam's Bank Road in Derry.
Madam's Bank Road in Derry.

Youths attacking cars along one of Derry’s busiest roads could result in someone being killed, a local Councillor has warned.

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan was speaking following the latest in a spate of problems along Madams Bank Road, between Ballyarnett and the Foyle bridge.

Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan.

Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan.

A number of cars were attacked with stones and large grass sods late on Friday night.

Colr. Hassan said: “I was contacted by a very upset member of the public who had his car attacked on the Madams Bank Road just after 11pm on Friday night.

“He was returning home from visiting his seriously ill mother in hospital when a large object hit the windscreen of his car, which left him very shocked.

“When he stopped the car a few yards away he found a large sod of grass and clay on the bonnet of the car. When looking for other damage, he seen a number of these sods and stones strewn across the roadway.

“The perpetrators who were behind the fence along the road made good their escape.”

He added: “With these attacks it’s only a matter of time before someone loses control of a car on this road and we have fatalities.

“We all know the how dangerous it is driving late at night in icy conditions the last thing any driver wants to experience is their car being attacked.

“If anyone knows who is behind these attacks I would appeal for them to contact the police. Lives are being put at risk here and those responsible need to be before the courts.”