Earhart riots ‘unacceptable’ MLA

There has been widespread condemnation following civil disturbances on the Madam’s Bank Road on Sunday evening.

The trouble resulted in disturbances and delays for passing motorists and local residents alike.

Police and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Crews had to be deployed in the area after young people had set a large fire at the junction of Madams Bank and Earhart Park Roads.

Police attended reports of a ‘suspicious object in the area,’ shortly after 7pm but upon arrival they were set upon by more than 50 young people, throwing ‘stones and missiles.’

Local councillor Tony Hassan appealed to parents to ensure: “Children are not getting caught up in recreational rioting or vandalism.”

Calm was restored shortly before 11.30pm and a police spoksperson confirmed nothing suspicious was discovered. Foyle MLA, Colum Eastwood, SDLP hit out at those behind what he labelled “the major disruption.” Mr Eastwood attended the scene on Sunday night and spoke to residents affected by the disturbances.

Afterwards he told the Journal: “Many residents in the area were restricted from getting into their own homes on a Sunday night.

“Such rioting is not recreational and must not be allowed become a reckless ritual. This is entirely unacceptable.”