Second night of Derry disorder

Published Tuesday, 04 February 2014
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Petrol bombs have been thrown during what police have described as "minor disorder" in Londonderry.

Second night of Derry disorder
Police were responding after a number of petrol bombs were thrown. (© UTV)

On Monday night, it was reported that the bombs had been thrown by youths in the Nailors Row area, towards the Fountain Estate, shortly after 7pm.

A number of missiles were thrown at PSNI vehicles responding to the incident. Bins were also placed on the road at Westland Street and rubbish set on fire.

A police statement said: "Police worked with community representatives and maintained a presence in the area throughout the evening."

It is the second night in a row that there has been trouble in the area.

On Sunday night, a number of petrol bombs were also thrown by youths.

Police arrested two boys, 13 and 14, for suspected riotous behaviour. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has condemned the disorder, describing it as "reckless."

"This is reckless behaviour and those involved are only causing harm to their own community and creating more fear for people living there.

"There is a high volume of older people living in the area and it's not fair they are subjected to this," he continued.

"I would urge parents to be vigilant and know the whereabouts of their children."

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue added: "It is local people who were suffering and lives being disrupted by these senseless incidents and they only heighten tension in and around the greater Bishop Street/Fountain areas and that is something no one wants.

"There can be no rolling back the clock on this, or allowing these recent incidents to fester. Sectarianism, from whatever quarter it comes from is wrong and Sinn Féin has been consistent in condemning it across the board."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Housewife in Co. Londerry wrote (356 days ago):
The people influencing these youngsters need to have a good long hard look at themselves!! Sending these children to do their dirty work while they hide in the shadows, disgraceful!!
S.B. in Belfast wrote (356 days ago):
It would appear that Loyalists putting up Parachute Regiment flags in Derry has succeeded in raising sectarian tensions there.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (356 days ago):
Why no pictures of those involved?
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