‘Sheer luck’ as man escapes injury

Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers.  (DERR1111SJ10)
Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers. (DERR1111SJ10)

A Greysteel man who claims a British Army vehicle almost knocked him down said he is “lucky” to have escaped injury.

The man in his twenties, who prefers not to be named, said he was coming from the gym in the village at approximately 1.30pm yesterday. As he moved to cross the road, close to the Rising Sun bar, the man said three British Army vehicles “went speeding past” towards Limavady.

“I went to cross the road and, as I turned around, the first British Army truck knocked my water bottle out of my hand and just drove on. It took me by surprise, and I was left shaken. Another second and I could have been knocked down,” said the man, who has reported the incident to police.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “This is a matter for the PSNI to investigate and to take the appropriate action. We are not in a position to comment as to where the vehicles were going. We never discuss movements.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Brenda Chivers said it was “sheer luck” the man wasn’t seriously injured, or worse.

“It was fortunate that he wasn’t injured or killed by these trucks,” said Colr. Chivers. “I have raised concerns before about the safety of the local population due to the activities of the British Army carried out in the Drumsurn area, and this incident only reinforces that. The British Ministry of Defence must stop these manoeuvres immediately and remove all British military personnel from the area. It is unacceptable to use the region for training for areas like the Gabon in Africa while the British MoD have acres of similar terrain in Britain where this training can be carried out away from the civilian population.”