Petrol bomb and masonry fired at police vehicles in Waterside area of Derry

A petrol bomb and masonry were thrown at police vehicles in Derry last night during a disturbance in the Tullymore Road area of the Waterside.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 9:18 am

Police said dozens of people had gathered in the area on Monday night and urged parents to make sure they know what their children are doing and who they are with.

PSNI Inspector Moore said this morning: “Shortly after 7:20pm, it was reported that a number of people had gathered at the Tullymore Road area in the city. Officers attended and helped to disperse those present, numbering around 40 individuals and also seized a number of items at the scene including wooden planks and iron bars.

“As police were in the area, it was reported that a petrol bomb was thrown towards a parked police vehicle but did not strike it. Masonry was thrown at a police vehicle during the incident. Thankfully there were no reports of any injuries.

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“Our officers attended and their actions helped to prevent further disorder and by seizing these items, it helped to quell any potential unrest which may have impacted the local community.”

Insp. Moore said police will continue to work alongside local representatives and partner agencies, but that it was “disappointing that some people continue to disregard our repeated warnings”.

“Those people who choose to engage in criminal and anti-social behaviour must understand it is unacceptable and must stop. People have a right to live in peace and to feel safe in their communities.

“Parents and guardians have an important obligation to speak to keep young people safe by knowing where they are going and who they are with. Young people must understand the dangers of getting involved in behaviour which could result in injuring themselves, others, or ultimately, a criminal record.

“Police officers are now reviewing the latest CCTV recordings to identify those involved. Where appropriate, we will make arrests and put people before the courts.”