Published Saturday, 20 October 2012
Police are appealing for anyone who noticed suspicious activity to come forward. (© UTV)
The machinery was parked on a construction site in the Brooke Park area of the city when it was set alight at around 3.20am.
SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan said the machinery was being used in a major redevelopment project of the area.
"This earth-moving machine was being used in the creation of the new grass pitch, a central part of the multi-million pounds regeneration of Brooke Park.
"This is a project that we have worked hard to drive forward and will greatly enhance the Rosemount area and benefit the city as a whole," he added.
Mr Durkan said the community would suffer as a result of the damage.
"The work will probably now be delayed, site workers have been sent home as they are unable to continue carrying out their duties, a very expensive piece of equipment has been destroyed and this community is suffering," he said.
Police are appealing for information regarding the incident and are keen to speak with anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area.