Belfast Telegraph

Gunmen hijack and burn van in Londonderry

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said that "gangsters" are runining progress in Derry following days of violence in the City.

The Foyle MLA was speaking after a Housing Executive van was hijacked at gunpoint and left at the bottom of the Lecky Road in the city's Bogside area.

The van was then set alight and was extinguished by the fire service.

Police advised the public to avoid the area of the Lecky Flyover and Lecky Road.

The latest incident comes after another night of trouble in the area.

Two police officers were injured after being hit with bricks and a woman was struck on the head with a stone during another night of violence in the area on Monday.

There have been repeated attacks on the Protestant Fountain estate in the City during the build up to the Twelfth of July celebrations.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said that those behind the hijacking are a disgrace and have no thought for anyone or anything other than their small-minded agenda.

"It is absolutely disgraceful that the driver was intimidated from his work van at gunpoint," Mr Eastwood said.

"Derry has suffered enough over the years without gangsters pulling reckless stunts like this; achieving nothing other than bringing the name of a great city into disrepute.

"We understand that the Housing Executive will be reviewing services throughout the area in the interim due to the safety concerns of their staff.

"These gangsters must realise that there is no gain in this behaviour, but simply more and more loss for the city and its residents."

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