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Teens arrested as car is burnt and police attacked during disorder in Derry

Teenagers were arrested on Saturday night following a flare up of antisocial behaviour in the Shantallow area during which a car was set ablaze and police officers were attacked.

The arrests came after police received a report of of antisocial behaviour and a car on fire in the Greenhaw Crescent and Racecourse Road areas of Shantallow.

Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said: "Neighbourhood police and NIFRS attended this incident during which police came under attack.''

Males aged 16 and 13 were arrested by police on suspicion of assaulting police, criminal damage, disorderly behaviour, riotous behaviour and resisting police.

The 13-year-old was released on bail pending further enquiries and the 16-year-old was released pending a report to the PPS.

SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney has said anti-social behaviour in the Shantallow area must stop before someone is seriously injured, or worse.

“I was contacted by several residents on the Raceourse Road on Saturday night; there has been an ongoing problem in the area of youths congregating there, particularly at weekends.

“On Saturday night, up to fifty youths had gathered and set a car alight and put in the middle of the road.”, he said.

He added: “The residents of this area have been living under these difficult circumstances for quite some time and something has to happen to relieve them of this torment every weekend.

“Whilst there were no reports of any injuries, there is always the potential that this sort of behaviour will lead to a serious injury or worse. Something has to give before that happens.”

Chief Inspector Lemon added: "Police worked closely with local councillors and community reps last night and I would like to thank them for their continued support.

"I am asking parents to talk to their children about the possible consequences of getting involved in any kind of criminal or nuisance activity and the impact any kind of criminal record could have on their future.

"Police will continue to work with local councillors and community reps in order to address the issue of anti social behaviour in the area.''

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked  to contact Police on the non emergency number 101.

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