Fire service under attack

A Waterside councillor has revealed how Derry firefighters came under attack from youths throwing paint bombs at the Top of the Hill on Wednesday night.

Sinn Fein’s Christopher Jackson said that hours before a major fire broke out at Poundstretchers in Bishop Street, teenagers aged around 15 and 16 attacked the fire service when they attended Corrody Road to put out a fire in a wheelie bin.

“I was contacted by residents who spotted the wheelie bin on fire,” said Councillor Jackson.

“Just as I walked into Corrody Road the fire brigade arrived and I saw youngsters throwing paint bombs at the fire engine. One of these hit the front windscreen of the vehicle and the fire service had to withdraw.”

The Derry councillor condemned the incident and said the community had been outraged.

“The people here don’t want to be held to ransom by these young people,” he said. “In recent days there has been an increase in anti social and anti community behaviour. On Wednesday night we saw just how important a role the Fire Service play in our community.”

He revealed there had been ongoing attempts in the community for parents to be aware of where their children are.

“The community has been proactive in this,” he said. “Parents do have a role to play and we would urge them to be aware of where their children are.