Cars torched, petrol bombs thrown at police and brick thrown at taxi in unionist Nelson Drive; police also attacked dealing with elaborate hoax in nationalist Templemore

Cars were set on fire, petrol bombs thrown at police and a brick thrown at a taxi in the predominantly unionist area of Nelson Drive in Derry on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 1:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 1:46 pm
Darrin Jones

Police also came under attack as they dealt with a security alert in the mostly nationalist Templemore Road area earlier in the evening.

The PSNI said the disorder started when police were dealing with what was later declared an elaborate hoax. A number of petrol bombs were thrown at police.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Later in the evening, it was also reported two vehicles were set on fire in the Nelson Drive area of the Waterside where it was reported a number of youths had gathered, and bins were set on fire on the road.

Police also received a report about a brick being thrown at a taxi, which was carrying a passenger at the time, on Limavady Road at around 11:30pm.

Neither the driver or passenger were injured. There were also reports of bins being set on fire in the area.

Derry & Strabane District Commander Darrin Jones said: "Last night, we saw further disorder in our city during which our officers came under attack again. Again, we saw disgraceful scenes during which cars were set on fire and property damaged.

"This is reckless and criminal behaviour, and it has to stop. It is absolutely appalling and achieves nothing except harm to our community.

"I will continue to appeal to those in our community with influence to do what they can to stop this senseless behaviour. I would also appeal directly to parents and guardians to know where their children are and what they are doing to ensure they do not get caught up in criminality and that they are kept safe and away from harm.

“I would appeal to everyone in the area to help diffuse any local tensions and prevent any further disorder.”