Female driving instructor’s car attacked during lesson

A female driving instructor was left shaken after her car was attacked by a member of the public while giving a lesson on Duke Street on Friday.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said the incident left her “shaking with fear” and added that she will never return to the area after dark.

“I was at the beginning of a lesson near the test centre when I noticed a man near the walkway beside the river Foyle staring at us. When he started to make his way towards the car I knew that something wasn’t right. I told the learner driver to lock the doors and it was then that the man started to try and smash the driver’s side window in.”

The woman said that the man appeared intoxicated and explained that if it had not been for the intervention of a couple passing by the man would have continued with his assault.

“I was shaking with fear - his eyes were sticking out of his head - he must have been drunk or on drugs.

“A man and woman were walking past the driving centre and thankfully chased him away.”

She added: “I would call on all other driving instructors to be vigilant and exercise common sense when taking lessons there - especially when it’s dark.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police in Derry received a report of rowdy nuisance in the Duke Street area on Friday March 18.

“Around 8pm a male, who appeared to be intoxicated, hit the window of a parked red Volkswagen car twice. Two people were in the car at the time. Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 600 8000.”