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Police appeal over "shocking" Derry petrol bomb attack

A masked youth threw a petrol bomb at the windscreen of a workers' van as it travelled through the Bogside.
Seamus McKinney

POLICE have made a new appeal for information about the targeting of a van during serious violence in Derry.

The incident, in which a youth threw a petrol bomb at the windscreen of the van as it travelled through the Bogside, marked a turning point during six nights of violence.

The group known as the IRA claimed responsibility for gun and bomb attacks on police during some of the worst violence witnessed in Derry in recent years. Improvised bombs and 75 petrol bombs were thrown at police on the city’s walls while there were also attacks on the Protestant Fountain area.

The attack on a white Transit van passing along Lecky Road on July 12 was widely condemned after footage of the incident spread across social media. In the footage, a masked youth can be clearly seen throwing a petrol bomb at the windscreen of the van as it passed the Bogside Inn.

A PSNI spokesman called on members of the public with information about the attack to pass it on to police.

The spokesman said: “This was a particularly shocking incident and police would appeal for any information surrounding this.”

Meanwhile, the DUP has criticised Secretary of State, Karen Bradley for failing to visit Derry's Protestant Fountain which was targeted in the early nights of last week's trouble.

DUP MP, Gregory Campbell and assembly member, Gary Middleton said Ms Bradley appeared to be ignoring the plight of Fountain residents.

Mr Campbell and Mr Middleton said: "The Irish Republic's Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney - who has no ministerial responsibility in Northern Ireland - has visited the area and is scheduled to do so again in the next few days.

"This has occurred at the same time as numerous attempts have been made, both privately and publicly, to ensure that the person who does have ministerial responsibility, the NI secretary of state, visits to see the issues at first hand."

The two men said Ms Bradley should visit the Fountain to see the problems faced by residents at first hand before taking action to ensure their safety.

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