Friday 23 March 2018

Residents terrified after gang of teenagers went on the rampage in Derry


Lesley-Anne McKeown

Residents were left terrified after a gang of teenagers went on the rampage in Derry.

A mob of up to 70 young people were believed to have been involved in the disorder which flared in the Galliagh area of the city on Thursday.

The windows of a primary school were smashed during the trouble.

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney said: "The scenes of destruction on the streets of Galliagh last night were a disgrace. Crowds of up to 70 young people ran riot and absolutely wrecked the place, including smashing the windows of a primary school.

"Local residents were absolutely terrified in their homes as they could only watch as their community was destroyed.

"That is absolutely unacceptable and there's a real fear that the disorder could spread in to tonight."

Police officers were also attacked. The windscreen of a Land Rover was damaged and paint bombs were thrown at police vehicles.

The disorder broke out as officers searched a property at Altcar Park. There were no reports of any injuries.

Superintendent Mark McEwan said: "Thankfully no one was hurt last night but this behaviour is simply unacceptable."

A 33-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman arrested for suspected drugs offences were released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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