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Shotguns, knives and 'acid' seized in Derry churchyard confrontation

It is understood the incident happened on the grounds of St Mary's chapel in Co Londonderry
It is understood the incident happened on the grounds of St Mary's chapel in Co Londonderry

Shotguns, knives and suspected acid was recovered by police on the grounds of a church in Co Londonderry on Saturday morning.

Police said a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in the village of Park ahead of a church event in the Altinure Road area, where there were "community tensions".

When the tensions boiled over, police had to intervene and use their batons to keep the two groups apart. There were no reports of any injuries or arrests.

"We were aware of community tensions in the area ahead of a planned event at a church yesterday morning," Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said.

"A crowd of more than 200 people gathered in the grounds of the church and we deployed sufficient officers to keep people safe and prevent disorder.

"However, as tensions between two groups escalated, it was necessary for officers to intervene and use minimal force including the use of their batons, given the number of people involved.

"There were no reports of any injuries and no arrests were made at the time.

"Following a pre-planned search of the area earlier in the morning, a number of items were seized including two loaded shotguns, a quantity of ammunition, a number of knives and blades, as well as a liquid believed to be acid."

Any with any information regarding the incident has been urged to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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