TEENAGE BOY HELD OVER DERRY RIOT

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows urged parents to know the whereabouts of their children

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows urged parents to know the whereabouts of their children

DETECTIVES have questioned a 13-year-old boy following a sixth night of rioting in Derry.

The teenager was detained on suspicion of possessing petrol bombs and riotous behaviour.

He has been bailed pending further police enquiries.

Trouble erupted around 5.40pm on Saturday when youths threw stones and two petrol bombs at police patrolling the Westland Street area of the Bogside.

Police also received reports of petrol bombs being thrown into the Fountain Estate at Bishop Street at around 6pm.

“Police observed a number of youths in the Durrow Park area of the Bogside carrying petrol bombs and deployed between the City Walls and the Bogside resulting in the seizure of a number of petrol bombs which have been taken for forensic examination,” a PSNI spokesperson explained.

Police said the area was reported as calm by 8pm.

Detectives investigating the disorder are due to view CCTV footage to try and identify those engaged in the disorder and make further arrests.

DUP Councillor for the area, Gary Middleton, said it was the sixth consecutive night of trouble.

“There has been dozens of petrol bombs being thrown, stones, bricks, it’s just the constant violence up towards the Bishop Street interface towards the Protestant Fountain Estate,” he said.

“The concern is the age of the people doing this, they are young people, they are children, they are being put up to this.”

He continued: “I hope that the representatives in that area, particularly the Bogside area, do step up to the mark.

“We need to see people on the ground, calming the situation before it escalates again.”

On Friday trouble broke out in the city’s Bogside with stones and up to 25 petrol bombs thrown at police. Around 40 young people were involved in the trouble.

Reacting to the scenes, PSNI Area Commander Chief Inspector Jon Burrows urged parents to know the whereabouts of their children.

 

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