Shots hit PSNI vehicle in Derry

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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Police have described a gun attack on a PSNI vehicle in Londonderry as "totally reckless".

Two shots hit the Land Rover as it was patrolling in the Westland Street area of the city, close to the Bogside Inn, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A window was damaged but no-one was injured in the incident.

Police said the type of gunfire is not yet known and one line of enquiry is that the attack was planned and carried out by dissident republicans.

A spokesperson added: "The nature of the damage to a window of the Land Rover was established only after a detailed ballistic examination".

Anyone who saw the incident, which happened at around 1am, has been asked to come forward.

Superintendent Garry Eaton, said: "It is fortunate that we are not speaking about deaths or injuries today. Members of the crew were kept safe by protective equipment on the vehicle, however if the shots had missed, then anyone walking or standing on the street could have been hit.

"The officers were carrying out normal patrolling to keep the community safe.

"Those who organised and carried out the attack were totally reckless and showed total disregard for the lives of people in that community. Despite this incident; we remain committed to providing the people of Derry with the type of positive and dedicated policing that they ask and expect of us."

This gun attack was a clear attempt to kill police officers and is to be unreservedly condemned. Whoever carried out this attack in a residential area had no regard for the local community and have absolutely nothing positive to offer.

Justice Minister David Ford

Local Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has condemned the incident.

He said: "This gun attack in a built up area such as the Bogside was totally reckless. Westland Street is a busy thoroughfare and this attack put the lives of many people at risk.

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but we could have been faced with a tragedy.

"Those behind this attack have nothing to offer society and are not representative of the people of Derry. They need to immediately desist from these futile actions."

The Police Federation described it as "an act of premeditated madness".

Chairman Terry Spence said: "The police vehicle was struck twice in the attack on Westland Road. The officers were protected by the bulletproof glass which was shattered in the incident.

"The perpetrators were engaged in an act of premeditated madness and were out to cause maximum damage. It was futile, reckless and utterly pointless.

"These maniacs have to be apprehended to prevent them from carrying out further attacks on the police. They belong to a bygone age and have no place in today's society."

Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly added: "Our police officers were lucky to have escaped injury in this cowardly attack.

"I join with the others in calling for information to be brought to the police and welcome the condemnation of this incident from political and community representatives in the area."

Information can be passed to the PSNI via the non-emergency number 101.

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17 Comments
pack it in in bangor wrote (46 days ago):
these dissidents are living in the past, what good would it do shooting a police officer? it wont make a united Ireland come any quicker, all it causes is grief. the decent people of this wee country don't want you or your actions. the only place that you will end up in is either a prison cell or a grave.
Martin in Carrick wrote (46 days ago):
@ Shamrock, even if it was an unmarked landrover, does it make any difference? These police officers are out there protecting EVERYONE including you. They get no thanks for it from people of your obvious mind-set, and until people like you wake up and start supporting them, that will not change.
jay in ireland wrote (46 days ago):
just thank the public arent hurt and people in my area the bogside could of been worse
John in Newtownabbey wrote (46 days ago):
Back to the bad old days that nobody wants. These cretins use the excuse of civil unrest to justify their futile campaign of murder and mayhem. They haven't gone away but they choose to ignore the wishes of the vast majority of people who want them to do just that - Go away and leave us in peace!
David in Belfast wrote (46 days ago):
Shamrock every police force in the world uses unmarked cars, its not hard guessing the type of person you are with a comment like that...backwards!! Hope someday you will rely on our police force
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