McCallion makes appeal after Galliagh fires

Sinn F�in councillor Elisha McCallion. (1104MM30)
Sinn F�in councillor Elisha McCallion. (1104MM30)

Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McCallion has made an urgent appeal for parents in Galliagh to ensure that their children are not getting caught up with groups of young people involved in staring fires in the area.

Colr. McCallion was speaking after a spate of fires being started across Galliagh on Tuesday night.

“This is a very worrying development and always seems to happen once we get a couple of days of good weather and the brighter nights.

“There were a number of deliberate fires started across the area on Tuesday night by small groups of young people. This is just sheer wanton acts of vandalism. I would like to commend the intervention of local community workers preventing this getting out of hand.”

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scenes of Tuesday’s fires and Colr. McCallion urged for those behind the blazes to stop immediately.

“It is the support of the local community that is vital in putting the message out that these fires only have a detrimental effect on areas and the people who live there.

“I would make an urgent appeal for this nonsense to stop immediately. People are trying very hard to make this area a better place to live in. There is no excuse for this type of behaviour.”