Night of violence in Derry

Derry's Verbal Arts Centre.
Derry's Verbal Arts Centre.

There has been a night of violence in Derry following annual Orange Order parades across the north.

A number pf petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at the PSNI whilst young people set pallets and rubbish on fire at Leckey Road and Westland Street. There are no reports of any inuries.

At Iona Court in the Foyle Road area, two masked men hijacked a pizza delivery van and set it on fire a short time later at Fahan Street in the Bogside.

This years Co Derry Orange parade took place in Coleraine. Buses returning from the parade were stoned at Greysteel village.

In one incident it is reported that a gang of masked youths hurled petrol bombs at the Verbal Arts Centre which is located on the city’s Walls. The centre is used as an educational facility for a variety of projects.

PSNI chief inspector in Derry, Andy Lemon said: “The local residents in the area have suffered once again due to the reckless actions of these youths, some as young as 10.

“I want to reiterate our message to youths involved in this kind of activity that you run the very real risk of being arrested and getting a criminal record which could affect your life for a very long time. Parents need to know where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing. I appeal to anyone with information about those involved in the disorder last night to contact Strand Road.”