Derry Councillor Christopher Jackson calls for unionist leadership after third night of low level rioting in Tullyally

A Derry councillor has called for unionist leadership following a third night of low level rioting in the Tullyally area.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 11:25 am
Christopher Jackson
Christopher Jackson

Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said action needs to be taken to stop ongoing incidents that have left residents in the adjacent, predominantly nationalist, Currynierin and Ardmore areas living in fear.

“This is a very worrying situation that has been escalating all week and, contrary to recent media reports this situation does not involve the young people from Currynierin.

“For three nights in a row there have been incidents in the Tullyally area, where petrol bombs have been thrown, burning barricades placed across the main roads and attempts by some to enter Currynierin with iron bars. I have also been made aware of a serious incident when a number of men in a car gave chase to a young lad in the vicinity of St. Mary's Chapel on the Ardmore Road," he said.

Colr. Jackson was speaking after youths once again were involved in disturbances near the interface on the Ardmore Road.

“I would like to praise local youth workers in Currynierin for their efforts in trying to prevent this situation escalating and young people for showing restraint in the face of blatant provocation.

“The people of this area just want to live in peace and quiet particularly in the mist of the current Covid pandemic."