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Police appeal officers come under petrol bomb attack in Derry

Seamus McKinney

POLICE have appealed to community activists to use their influence to help prevent young people in Derry's Galliagh area being “drawn into violence”.

It came after officers came under petrol bomb attack from around 20 youths on Sunday evening.

A spokesman said police were called to the area at around 7pm after youths were seen with petrol bombs in the Glengalliagh Road area.

“Officers located the group in Carnhill where five petrol bombs were thrown. Fortunately there were no injuries reported, however this took place in a residential area where other road users were nearby.

"Again, we are seeing young people being used to confront police and cause needless disorder in the community."

Derry mayor Brian Tierney, who represents the area, said residents are annoyed at a recent increase in anti-social behaviour.

The SDLP councillor said several meetings were being arranged with community representatives to address the issue.

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