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Teenager arrested in attempted murder of police officer probe released unconditionally - Derry sees first night of peace in almost a week

A rioter on the streets of the Bogside on Thursday night
A rioter on the streets of the Bogside on Thursday night

A teenager arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer in Londonderry has been released unconditionally.

The 16-year-old was detained over the recent disorder in the Bogside area.

It comes as the city saw its first incident-free night for almost a week.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: “I am pleased to say that the disorder we have seen on our streets in recent nights did not return last night. I would like to thank all those who have given their support to the end of the violence in our city, and I hope that we can all move forward from this point to a continued return to normality.

"We are, however, determined to bring those responsible for the disorder to justice, and over the coming days and weeks we will be identifying those involved, and making arrests.”

Two arrests were made on Friday night, with a 17-year-old male arrested on suspicion of possessing petrol bombs in suspicious circumstances, throwing a petrol bomb and riotous behaviour, and a 16-year-old male arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to shots fired at police officers.

The 17-year-old remains in custody.

A second 16-year-old also remains in custody, having been arrested on Saturday on suspicion of a number of public order offences.

Anyone with information about the recent disorder or those involved is asked to contact police at the Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, or alternatively information can be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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