Leaders unite in disgust at attempted murder of Derry police officer

The leaders of the main political parties in the North have declared the attempted murder of a police officer in Derry last night 'disgraceful'.

Wednesday, 11th July 2018, 2:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 6:46 pm

In a joint statement the leaders of the main political parties said: “Attacks on the police have been on-going for a number of days alongside other violence including sectarian attacks on houses, petrol bombs thrown at the police, intimidation of contractors, vehicles hi-jacked and attacks on sheltered accommodation.

“The shots fired last night were a clear and obvious attempt to murder police officers. There must be a strong, clear and united voice against those who would engage in such disgraceful violence."

They said society needed to stand with the PSNI as they maintained law and order and protected all sides of our community.

“We condemn any illegal activity and and urge those who are damaging their own community and intimidating their neighbours to stop. We would urge people to work with the Police to bring those involved in criminality to justice.

“We want to see a society where people can live together without the threat of intimidation or violence.

"Those who engage in such tactics must be shown that they will not succeed.”