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Petrol bombs thrown at police officers during third night of disorder in Londonderry

Police officers in riot gear in Londonderry on Monday night. Credit: BBC
Police officers in riot gear in Londonderry on Monday night. Credit: BBC

A large number of petrol bombs and paint bombs were thrown towards police officers during disorder in the Bogside area in Londonderry overnight.

A total of 24 petrol bombs and six paint bombs were thrown in the streets in the vicinity of the City Walls and police patrols came under attack from youths throwing missiles including bricks and bottles.

Police said between 30 and 40 people were involved in the disorder which last from early evening into the night.

A small barricade was also erected and burned at Fahan Street.

A laser pen was also shone at the PSNI helicopter, endangering both the crew and local residents.

Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “This is the third night that the people of this city have had to put up with unwanted disorder and destruction. No one wants to see these despicable scenes on our streets.

"Some of the those involved in last night’s trouble were extremely young teenagers and I have no doubt that this disorder is being orchestrated by much older people and that these youths are being used to attack police and significant symbolic sites around our City Walls.

"I would urge those young people to pull back from this behaviour and I would also ask those with influence within our community to use that influence positively and help dissuade young people from participating in public disorder. It must be made clear to them that they are risking their safety and that of others, as well as running the risk of a criminal conviction which could have a long lasting impact on their future prospects.

"We have gathered a significant amount of evidence over recent days and I am confident that arrests will follow. Anyone with information that could assist police can contact us by calling 101."

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