A group of youth workers had to withdraw in Galliagh tonight after they and their premises came under attack from young people.

The group 'Off The Streets' regularly works with young people in the area.

An Off The Streets spokesperson said: "Unfortunatley we have had to take our youth workers off street tonight due to to staff and our premises being attacked.

"We urge these young people involved to have a think of the impact your actions have to the community.

"We would also ask parents to have a chat with your children about the dangers of throwing bricks, lighting fires and damaging homes.

"Our staff are out six nights per week providing a vital service for all young people and we cannot do this if staff are not safe."

SDLP Councillor for the area Brian Tierney said that the group are a vital part of the community.

Cllr Tierney said: "Off The Streets play a vital role in the Galliagh area, on many occasions they are the first port of call for many frightened residents and the rapport they have with the majority of the young people is something to be admired.

"As a member of the management board I see the good work they do in the area very often. I know this incident will not stop these valuable community workers reaching out to the young people of this area."

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