Belfast Telegraph

Police attacked with stones at scene of road crash that left four-year-old in hospital

Police officers came under attack from stone throwing youths in Londonderry while investigating a car cash that left a young girl in hospital.

The incident happened at around 1.15pm on Sunday in the Magowan Park area of Derry.

A four-year-old girl is being treated at Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast following the crash.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said officers were hit by missiles that were thrown by a group of youths during the incident in Magowan Park and said police also came under attack while attending calls in the Cromore Gardens and Cable Street areas of the city.

Ch Insp Hutton said: “This type of behaviour simply damages our communities and cannot be tolerated. None of us want to see harm coming to our children and I would appeal to parents to know where their children are and to play a role in preventing them from becoming involved in behaviour which could see them with a criminal record, and to seek support or advice if needed.

“I would also appeal to young people involved in this type of behaviour to think about their actions. They need to understand the extent to which their behaviour can have an adverse effect on the quality of life for the people affected by it.”

Ch Insp Hutton added that vehicles belong to the NIFRS and local community safety wardens were also attacked when they were attending Galliagh Park after reports of wheelie bins being set on fire.

He continued: “I would echo the calls from community leaders for those who were involved in this wanton and reckless behaviour last night to stop and think – how would you feel if your four-year-old sister was hurt as the result of a road traffic collision and the emergency services were hampered from carrying out their duties because you thought it was okay to throw missiles at them?

"Or how would you feel if your mother/father or grandparents needed the emergency services and they were prevented from attending their call for help because again they had come under attack?”

Police have appealed for information about the incidents.

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