Night of ‘mindless’ violence condemned

The entrance to the Galliagh estate.
The entrance to the Galliagh estate.

Youths who ripped up trees, street signs and fired stones and other missiles at police and fire officers during violent disturbances in Derry were today condemned.

Burning piles of debris was this morning still smouldering on the Moss Road in Galliagh on either side of St Paul’s Primary School as older children were gathering to wait for their school buses.

PSNI Inspector Leslie Craig said that the violence broke out following a police search in the Shantallow area on Thursday evening.

The windscreen of a Police Landrover was damaged and paint bombs were also thrown at Police vehicles. No one was hurt during this incident.

Inspector Craig said that police dealt with reports of youths having gathered in the Galliagh area of the city and set a number of items on fire and blocked the road.

“We are continuing to work with local residents and community representatives to address these issues,” he added.

Residents have reported up to 100 youths at the scene of the disturbances in Galliagh last night.

Sinn Féin Councillor for the area Sandra Duffy slammed those who attacked the Fire Service whilst trying to put out a fire on the Moss Road.

Councillor Duffy said: “There have been a number of incidents in the area tonight and I would like to commend the community and youth workers who have been out on the ground to dissuade young people from getting caught up in this nonsense.

“Sadly the Fire Service came under attack whilst trying to put out a fire at Moss Road.

“These acts are carried out by mindless people and serve no purpose what so ever and could have led to serious injury to Fire Service personnel. It’s vital the message goes out that these attacks are totally wrong and will only have a detrimental effect on the area. And the great work that goes on in the community.

“The men and women of the Fire Service are dedicated to saving life and property and must be in a position to carry out their work without the threat of attack.”