Anger at torching of car outside busyDerry retail complex at weekend

The incineration of a car outside the Hatfield shops has sparked anger in the area.

Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 7:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:30 pm

Users of the retail park were confronted with the burning shell of the vehicle on Sunday morning.

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said: “I was contacted by a number of local residents concerned that they were greeted by the shell of a burned out car in the car park there on Sunday. Details of this incident are still emerging and I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward. I have reported this to the Council and hope this vehicle can be removed as soon as possible.”

Sergeant Dermot Butler said: “This incident was reported to us just before 6.30 am [on Sunday] and officers, along with colleagues from NIFRS attended and the blaze was extinguished. It is understood the fire was started deliberately and officers are investigating. This vehicle was abandoned near a new commercial development and if the building had caught fire it would have potentially resulted in damage to the building, loss of business and disruption to the community.”