Derry teens arrested over Fountain disorder

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Two teenage boys - aged 13 and 14 - have been arrested for suspected riotous behaviour in Derry, it has emerged.

Police arrested the two boys on Sunday night, when a number of petrol bombs were thrown into the Fountain Estate. Both teenagers have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Petrol bombs were thrown into the estate on both Sunday and Monday night. Police vehicles also came under attack while a number of bins in the area were also set alight.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said CCTV footage suggested children as young as ten were involved in the disorder.

“I want to put a message out to parents - know where your children are or their lives will be ruined. I’ve seen CCTV footage and it’s clear to me that the people involved were children, including ten year olds.”

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey called for an end to the “reckless behaviour.”

“There is a high volume of older people living in the area and it’s not fair they are subjected to this.

“I would urge parents to be vigilant and know the whereabouts of their children.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue said: “It is local people who were suffering and lives being disrupted by these senseless incidents and they only heighten tension in and around the greater Bishop Street/Fountain areas and that is something no-one wants”

“There can be no rolling back the clock on this, or allowing these recent incidents to fester. Sectarianism, from whatever quarter it comes from is wrong and Sinn Féin has been consistent in condemning it across the board,” she said.