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19/09/2021

Twelve-year-old boy arrested following disorder close to polling station

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The PSNI are continuing to question a 12-year-old boy following in connection with incidents of public disorder in the midst of a security alert close to a polling station in Derry last night. A senior police officer said he believes that the PSNI were lured into the area after receiving reports that a suspicious device had been left in the area on Thursday night. Having arrived at the scene in the vicinity of St Paul's Primary School in the Lenamore, accompanied by Army bomb disposal, the PSNI came under attack from petrol bombs. One of the petrol bombs was thrown in Glengalliagh Park and landed close to a number of children. Police also recovered six further petrol bombs, 20 paint bombs and two crates of empty bottles. The PSNI arrested a 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-old males in relation to the disorder and all three currently remain in custody. Last night, Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: "There is no doubt my officers were lured into the area this evening and that those involved in this orchestrated disorder had one aim in mind - to attack police. "This was all the more reckless by the fact that one of the petrol bombs hurled at police landed in close proximity to young children who could have been left seriously injured, or worse. "This security alert is the second this month in this area, impacting the same community that was disrupted on May 2 during local Council elections. "It cannot be lost on anyone the disruption this has caused in the local community, let alone the potential for serious harm that could have been caused. “I want to thank the public for their patience however when it comes to keeping people safe we take no chances. I would urge anyone who has information about the disorder this evening to contact police at Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 1639 of 23/05/19." Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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