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21/09/2021

UPDATE: Woman suffers head injury and 50-year-old man arrested after fourth consecutive night of trouble in the Bogside area of Derry

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A 50-year-old man was arrested last night after a fourth consecutive night of trouble in the Bogside area of Derry during which 26 petrol bombs, bottles and masonry were thrown at police. A woman was injured after she was struck on the head with a stone and two police officers were injured after they were struck with bricks. A car was set on fire in Fahan Street during the early hours of this morning and the Lecky Road was closed for a period of time after pallets were placed across the road and set on fire. Speaking about last night’s disorder and the ongoing issues in the City, Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: “We are disappointed that some people decided to continue the public disorder in the Bogside last night, despite the clear message from the community earlier. “This morning, following the disorder in the Bogside area of the City last night, we have two officers and a member of the public injured. "I am very proud of how my colleagues stood in the face of danger, working to bring this situation under control but I am saddened and angry that again we find ourselves subject to serious violence from the communities we serve. Let me be clear, we have made three arrests last night and with a robust criminal justice strategy in place, there will be more. “The local community needs to see a resolution to this issue now. Collectively, we cannot afford to wait and we cannot have night after night of violence on our streets. Following three nights of disorder, we have a number of police officers who are no longer available to deliver their core policing duties, protecting the communities they serve. “And the huge impact on our City cannot be ignored. As we strive to promote our positive image, the negative effect of these violent pictures on jobs, tourism and investment cannot be underestimated. We do not want to take a backward step. "I urge all those with influence to urgently use it to bring a resolution to the violence and work towards a longer term solution for the issues affecting this area."

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