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SDLP leader condemns attack on councillor's car outside home while wife and children slept inside

The car of a Londonderry SDLP councillor has been set on on fire outside his home.

The party's leader Colum Eastwood said the attack happened on Friday night, and that he condemned those responsible in "the strongest possible terms".

"Cllr [Brian] Tierney’s wife and young children were at home at the time and are understandably shaken by this incident," he said.

"Brian Tierney is an outstanding public representative who works tirelessly for everyone in our community. He will not be deterred from continuing the excellent work he is doing on the ground in Galliagh and the wider Ballyarnett area," he said.

"SDLP representatives over the years have faced all sorts of intimidation and threat. It didn’t stop us working for our communities then and it won’t stop us now.

“I urge anyone with any information to get in touch with the PSNI directly."

The PSNI has said it is investigating an arson attack on a car in the Glencaw Park area of Derry.

At around 10.20pm on Friday a car which was parked at a dwelling was set on fire, and was extinguished by a member of the public.

No one was injured during the incident.

Inspector William Calderwood appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police, saying they would particularly like to speak to two men who were seen in the area.

The public can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting the reference 1620 with the date 24/11/17, or alternatively can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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