Derry police ready for Thatcher funeral (UTV)

Additional resources have been made available for police in Londonderry ahead of the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, after trouble flared in the city over the weekend.
Police investigated reports of petrol bombs being thrown into the Fountain Estate from the Bishop Street area on Saturday night, while officers were attacked in Westland Street.

There was also violence on Friday when around 40 youths threw 25 petrol bombs and other missiles at the PSNI in the Bogside.

It’s not a sport – it is a deadly activity.

Stephen Cargin, PSNI
A street party has been planned at Free Derry Corner for Wednesday to coincide with the funeral of Lady Thatcher, who died last week aged 87.

Police said they will have “sufficient” resources for the event.

A number of petrol bombs were also seized after officers saw them being carried by youths in the Durrow Park area over the weekend. A 13-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of petrol bombs and riotous behaviour and was later released on police bail.

Ch Supt Stephen Cargin said officers are concerned about the age of some of those involved.

He said: “Young teenagers, 13-year-olds out petrol-bombing an interface or police, we are genuinely concerned about this type of behaviour.

“My message to these people is we’ll be coming looking for you.”

Somebody is going to get very badly hurt. I would appeal to parents: ‘Please, please, be aware of where your children are at night – especially in the coming days.’

Patricia Logue, Sinn Féin
Ross Hussey of the UUP condemned what he described as “repeated sectarian attacks” on the Fountain Estate over the past week.

He added: “The treatment of the Fountain is a major test for nationalists and republicans in the City of Londonderry in terms of their commitment to a shared future.”

Officers asked anyone with more information on the trouble to come forward.

A statement said: “Police investigating the disorder will view CCTV footage of the incident to identify those engaged in disorder and further arrests are expected.”


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