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Police and firefighters attacked by youths in Derry

Road barriers were set alight during disturbances in Londonderry at the weekend. Credit: Sandra Duffy
Road barriers were set alight during disturbances in Londonderry at the weekend. Credit: Sandra Duffy

Police and firefighters were attacked with bricks and bottles during a weekend of anti-social behaviour in Londonderry.

On Saturday night, road barriers were pulled out onto Madams Bank Road and when police responded they were pelted with fireworks and stones.

On Sunday night, road barriers were again pulled out onto the Madams Bank Road, one of which was set alight.

A set of traffic lights in the area were also set on fire.

Firefighters attended the scene but had to withdraw after being attacked by a crowd of youths throwing stones.

Police were also attacked with bottles and bricks and a petrol bomb was thrown, but it failed to ignite.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jonathan Hunter condemned those responsible for causing "damage and misery" to the community.

"I cannot understand what these youths hope to achieve. No one wants this, everyone should be in a position to go about their daily lives and come into the city without worrying about this mindless criminal behaviour. It has to stop," he said.

"It is critical that the young people who choose to behave in this way understand their behaviour is unacceptable. Everyone deserves to live in peace and to enjoy their homes and public spaces.

"Stop and think about the harm and damage you're inflicting on the community when you choose to be a part of this type of anti-social behaviour.

"Not only are you putting yourself in danger by becoming involved in activity such as this you will also face consequences that can be far reaching and can seriously impact on your future opportunities for work, travel and being accepted for university.

"You are in effect damaging your own future."

Chief Inspector Hunter urged parents and guardians to ensure their children are not caught up in such behaviour.

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