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Security alert at Sevenoaks in Derry

By Peter Hutcheon, Local Democracy Reporter

The deputy mayor of Londonderry & Strabane Derek Hussey, has condemned the people behind the security alert in the Sevenoaks area of the city.

“Once again faceless individuals have conspired to bring disruption to the lives of innocent people and cause them to have to leave their homes," he said.

“In 2018 people should not be woken from their beds by the police at five o’clock in the morning and told to get out because somebody has decided to leave a suspect device in their neighbourhood.

“It is believed that a gas cylinder was placed in a car which was then set alight and a petrol bomb was thrown at a house.

"One man needed hospital treatment as a result of injuries sustained in trying to put out the fire in the car.

“The entire community wants to live in peace and has a right to do so.

"I appeal to anyone in this city who can help the police track down those responsible for this incident - or any similar type of activity - to come forward immediately.”

Mr Hussey could face a motion of no confidence in him at Thursday monthly meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Sinn leader group leader on the council Sandra Duffy says they will table the motion if Mr Hussey does not step down over his drink-driving record.

"Sinn Fein has already objected to Derek Hussey's appointment as chairman of the Policing Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) on the grounds that someone with repeated drink-driving convictions should not be leading a body tasked with public safety matters," she said.

"While we accept that everyone is entitled to a second chance, it is clear that Derek Hussey has had several but continued to display the most atrocious disregard for public safety.

"This has compounded the trauma of local families bereaved by drink drivers, who have long campaigned for a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving.

"They feel this valuable work is undermined by Derek Hussey remaining in such a senior civic position.

"In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate for Mr Hussey to continue in his current position. He does not enjoy the confidence of the wider public and is undermining the approach which all public bodies must take to issues such as drink driving which are an ongoing and extremely serious issue in this society.

"Therefore, Sinn Fein will table a motion of no confidence in him at Thursday's full council meeting, if he continues to refuse to listen to the concerns that have been raised.

"We are conscious that, even if passed, such a motion does not compel him to resign - however, it would demonstrate the strength of feeling on this issue and certainly add to the moral pressure on Mr Hussey and his party."

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