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Three injured on third night of rioting in Derry's Bogside

Youths from the nationalist Bogside launched attacks on the nearby unionist Fountain estate over the weekend
David Young, Press Association

TWO police officers and a member of the public have been injured in another night of disorder in Derry.

More than 25 petrol bombs were thrown during the sporadic disturbances in the Bogside area.

A woman was injured after she was hit on the head with a stone. The two injured police officers were hit by bricks. and two of our officers were injured after they were struck with bricks. 

A car was set on fire on Fahan Street during the early hours of this morning. Leckey Road was also closed for a time after pallets were placed across the road and set on fire.

Three people were arrested, with police warning that more arrests would follow.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with disorderly behaviour, assault on police, resisting police and possessing offensive weapon in a public place.  He is expected to appear before Derry Magistrates' Court this morning.

Two men aged 20 and 50 were also arrested. They remain in police custody today.

The area has witnessed trouble on three consecutive nights.

Over the weekend, youths from the nationalist Bogside launched attacks on the nearby unionist Fountain estate.

Several older people living in the sheltered accommodation found themselves in the line of fire amid a hail of petrol bombs and other missiles.

Earlier on Monday, around 100 residents from the Bogside held a rally to show support for Fountain residents.

They walked to the estate to demonstrate that the disorder was not in their name.

Police condemned the latest night of trouble, which was centred within the Bogside.

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".

He added: "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."

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