Belfast Telegraph

Karen Bradley visits Londonderry estate following sectarian violence

By Donna Deeney

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley was welcomed to the Fountain estate in Londonderry where residents voiced their fears of further sectarian violence at the interface with the Bogside.

Ms Bradley was in Derry for a number of engagements including a meeting with council officials to discuss potential  investment that could be come through a City Deal.

During her visit to the Fountain Ms Bradley met with a number of local people who live at the interface and who bore the brunt of the violence orchestrated by dissident republicans during the run up to 12th July.

The asked for the security fence to be raised to protect them from further attacks ahead of the Siege of Derry celebration on August 12th - one of the biggest annual events in loyalist culture in the city.

The scene on Fahan street in Londonderry as disorder has flared in the city for a sixth successive night (Brian Lawless/PA)

Grace Curry who lives on the interface was among residents who explained their concerns to Ms Bradley.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Ms Curry said: "It was good to have the opportunity to speak to Karen Bradley and tell her our concerns about the security fence.

"She took her time in getting here and while  I don't want to say she was shamed into coming but we have had two visits from Simon Coveney, the Shadow Secretary of State and the Chief Constable so I think she had no option but to visit us.

"She was welcomed nonetheless and I feel she genuinely listened to us.

"We told her we wanted the perspex removed because when they come from the other side and bang on the perspex it would scare the life out of anyone.  It is like an explosion it is terrifying.

"We want the whole wall raised to stop the petrol bombs and bricks reaching our houses and I have to say she seem to take on board what we were telling her.

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