Police partnership Chair Martin Reilly urges parents to parent after spate of attacks on Derry police

Chair of the Derry and Strabane PCSP Policing and Community Safety Partnership Martin Reilly has urged parents to parent after a spate of attacks on police by young people and children in the city.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 6:32 pm

Colr. Reilly said parents and guardians needed to take responsibility for the actions of their children to ensure they are not caught up in rioting and other unacceptable behaviour.

He was speaking after police came under attack on two consecutive nights in the Currynierin and Tullyally areas.

Petrol bombs and masonry were thrown at police vehicles on both Monday and Tuesday evening.

Martin Reilly.

Colr. Reilly said: “I am extremely concerned that some of our young people engaging in these activities are placing their own safety at risk as well as the safety of the police officers they are attacking.

"These are attacks on our local community and I would urge all parents and guardians to make sure their children do not become involved in these unacceptable behaviours that could bring them to the attention of police. These continued incidents are also placing added, unnecessary strain on our emergency services and are diverting these resources away from caring for our residents.”

He concluded that “The PCSP will continue to work with all our partners to support and protect our young people while ensuring local residents can live in peace.”