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PSNI appeal after car is the target of petrol bomber

By Donna Deeney

Police in Londonderry are investigating a petrol bomb attack in Rathlin Drive, Creggan, on Monday afternoon.

A device was thrown through the front passenger window of a black Audi A6 car which suffered both fire and smoke damage.

The incident, which happened at 3.35pm was witnessed by a number of youths who were in the area at the time and police are particularly keen to hear from these youths.

The vehicle was unoccupied and parked on the street at the time of the attack and was taken away for further forensic examination.

Local councillor Anne Donnelly described the attack as “sinister”. She said: “Once again we have a group of people hiding behind masks and sitting as judge and jury over a member of our community.

“What makes this attack even more sinister is that it was carried out in the middle of a bank holiday afternoon when there would have been a lot of children about.

“The schools are closed for Easter and people are off work, but instead of being able to relax and enjoy the break, the residents of Rathlin Drive are subjected to this kind of attack on their doorsteps.”

These sentiments were echoed by councillor Patricia Logue who said it was fortunate no-one was injured.

She added: “This was an extremely reckless act carried out when the children on their Easter holidays would have been playing outside.

“This device was alight inside the car and could have caused an extensive fire or even caused the car to explode if it had gone unnoticed and the consequences of that happening could have been dire.

“Children could have been hurt or, if the car had been occupied at the time, there could have been serious injuries, so that no one was hurt is something to be thankful for.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in Rathlin Drive and witnessed anything that could assist the police to contact them with information.

“We do not need these kind of actions on our streets.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Police at Strand Road PSNI on 0845 600 8000.

Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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