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Children as young as 10 'setting fire to traffic lights' in Derry disorder

Published 14/04/2016

Children as young as 10 were caught up in disorder last night where youths were setting fire to traffic lights and endangering road users.

The disorder happened at the traffic lights on Madams Bank Road on Wednesday night.

PSNI Foyle posting on their Facebook page said the community is "rightly disgusted".

"What is shocking to us is that the main offenders were aged between 10-12 years. These children were setting traffic lights on fire and endangering road users, the Fire Service and more importantly themselves.

"The community is rightly disgusted by these actions and police would encourage parents to be aware of what their children are up to as we do not want to be calling at houses informing parents that their children have been seriously injured having been playing with traffic and playing with fire."

A spokesman for the NIFRS said minor damage was caused to fire appliance by the youths.

He said:"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service received a call at 8.46pm to a report of a fire at the Madam’s Bank Road area of the city.

“One Fire Appliance from Crescent Link Fire Station was deployed to the scene of a traffic light set alight in the area. A number of youths were in the area at the time of the incident, and a stone was thrown at the fire appliance causing minor damage to the paintwork.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 8.58pm.”

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