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Sunday 18 August 2019

Police call for calm on Derry streets after series of incidents following funeral

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Police in Derry have called on community leaders to help "ensure calm" on the streets following a series of incidents in the city.

In one case a teenage boy suffered puncture wounds to his shins during an assault and was taken to hospital.

The disturbances began around 1.15pm on Friday when a car was driven erratically outside St Mary's Church in Creggan where the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy (18) had just taken place.

Mr Cassidy died when the stolen car he was a passenger in caught fire after it struck a lamp post in the Galliagh area last weekend.

His great uncle Charlie ‘Nucker’ Tierney said on social media that the trouble was caused by “thugs” who showed “nothing but disrespect to Caoimhin and our family”.

This was followed by an altercation involving a crowd of up to 50 youths drinking alcohol in the Bligh's Lane area.

PSNI District Commander, Superintendent Gordon McCalmont, said: "I want to reassure people that police in this city routinely work closely and engage with public and political representatives to ensure we do everything we can to keep people safe.

“As we head further into the weekend, I would appeal to leaders in the community to use their influence to do what they can to ensure our streets are calm and our people stay safe."

At around 5.10pm a police patrol found a teenage boy lying on grassland in the Hollyhall Road area with puncture wounds to both his shins. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Our enquiries into this assault are at an early stage, and we are working to establish a motive," Superintendent McCalmont said.

"I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about this; in particular, to anyone who may have seen a red Skoda in the Creggan Road area prior to when the assault was reported to us to contact us  on 101, quoting reference 1762 07/06/19."

In the early hours of Saturday morning police received a report that a gang of masked men smashed the front windows of a house in the Culdaff Gardens area. No one was injured.

Police said they believe all the incidents are linked.

Superintendent McCalmont added: "I would also urge any young people who may tempted to get caught up in antisocial behaviour to think twice about their actions which could have serious consequences and a long lasting impact.

“The community can be reassured as the weekend continues we will have a proportionate and appropriate policing response in place and will do all we can to ensure the safety of the people in this city.”

Belfast Telegraph

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