Those involved in the burning of tyres, pallets and the throwing of petrol bombs in the Bogside at the weekend are "totally unrepresentative" of the local community, Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue has said..
Police said two petrol bombs were thrown over the city walls close to the Memorial Hall while between 15-20 petrol bombs were later thrown at police.
Condemning those involved, Cllr Logue (pictured) said: “Once again elderly residents living in Fahan Street, Joseph Place and the Wells had to bear the brunt of these disturbances.
“I would like to state clearly that those involved in these incidents are unrepresentative of the local community. They have only succeeded in terrorising the Bogside community by inflicting inconveniences upon them and the wider public.
"A mountain of work has gone on in the area to provide positive diversionary projects over the summer months. On Saturday there was a Funday held at Free Derry Wall attended by hundreds of families which showed the true face of the local community.
"It's very disappointing that their efforts and all the great work of many groups over recent days to have a peaceful summer can potentially be spoiled by the actions of a few.”
Meanwhile, police are appealing for witnesses in attempt to identify those involved.
Speaking yesterday, Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “Last night the Memorial Hall was busy with people socialising after the parade in the City and, while no one was injured, this could have been much different had it not been for the actions of police.
“Police who deployed to the area to prevent further disorder were subsequently attacked by persons who threw 15-20 petrol bombs and other missiles in the area of Fahan Street. A number of pallets were also placed on the street and set on fire. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained by officers, but this violent behaviour cannot be tolerated.
“Calm was restored shortly after 1am and Police remained in the area and monitored the situation throughout the night.
“A thorough police investigation is now underway to identify those responsible and seek to bring them before the courts and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened last night to contact police. Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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