Police re-visit attempted murder scene at Eglinton

Forensic officers pictured at the scene of the incident in Eglinton last month.
Forensic officers pictured at the scene of the incident in Eglinton last month.

Police investigating the attempted murder of PSNI officers in Eglinton two weeks ago have returned to the scene to gather more information from the community.

An explosive device was discovered under the car of a police family in the Glenrandel area of the village around 2.40am on Thursday, June 18.

Police returned to the scene exactly two weeks later as part of ongoing efforts to ensure every piece of available information has been collected.

Officers mounted checkpoints at various parts of the village and spoke to motorists and residents about the June 18 incident. A leaflet with detailed appeal points was handed out to anyone who spoke to police.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot, said: “It is surprising just how many people were out and about in the early hours of Thursday, June 18, in Eglinton. We want to make sure we have spoken to each and every one of them to ensure every possible piece of information has been fed into our investigation.

“This was an attempt to kill a police officer and his family. It also posed a risk to other residents and caused considerable disruption and upset to the local community.

“We want to speak to anyone who saw individuals or vehicles in the Glenrandel area of the village between midnight and 3am on Thursday, June 18. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who noticed anything unusual or suspicious in Glenrandel in the two weeks before June 18.

“Our enquiries are continuing. Five arrests have been made, vehicles seized and properties searched in various parts of Northern Ireland and in the Republic. We have conducted a trawl of CCTV and are continuing to liaise with colleagues in An Garda Siochana.

“The response from the community in Eglinton has been very positive. We are grateful for people’s co-operation and assistance. I would ask anyone with any information about the incident, or those involved, to contact detectives at Maydown on our direct line 028 7137 9783. Alternatively, people who prefer to remain anonymous can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“The most important thing is that we get the information which will help us identify, apprehend and put before a court those individuals who tried to inflict harm on a family and a community.”