#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones, Area Commander, Derry City and Strabane said: “Last night, Friday, 2 April, police received reports of youths gathering in the area of Nelson Drive and Tullyally areas of Derry/Londonderry:
Update on Derry/Londonderry disorder: ‘On their arrival, they came under sustained attack from a large group of youths and young adults throwing masonry, bottles, petrol bombs and fireworks. As a result 12 officers sustained injuries including head, leg and foot wounds’
“Also during last night’s disorder damage was caused to a care home in the Nelson Drive Area. This has caused untold fear and distress to the residents. A care home should be a place of sanctuary for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. I would speak directly to those who were rioting last night, how would you feel if your grandmother or grandfather was in this care home and subjected to this violence?
Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones continued: “This has been the fifth night of disorder in Derry/Londonderry, this is totally unacceptable. It is vital that we all send out a message to those responsible that such behaviour will not be tolerated. The people of Derry/Londonderry deserve to feel safe within their own homes and be able to walk the streets without fear.
“I would ask that anyone who has any influence in communities – whether parents, guardians, community or elected representatives – please, use that influence to ensure young people do not get caught up in criminality and that they are kept safe and away from harm.
“My job is to keep people safe and I will continue to work alongside local representatives, partner agencies and members of the community to address any issues.. I would appeal to everyone in the area to help diffuse any local tensions and prevent any further incidents.”
We are keen to hear from witnesses of this incident
North Area Commander Chief Superintendent Davy Beck said: “Last night again saw people taking to the streets of Northern Ireland to riot. From approximately 7.30pm to 10.30pm a crowd of approximately 20-30 people, consisting of young people and older men some of whom were wearing masks gathered in the O’Neill Road/Cloughfern area of Newtownabbey:
30 petrol bombs thrown at police during Newtownabbey disorder: “ In total 30 petrol bombs were thrown at police and three vehicles were hijacked and set on fire.
“One man aged 47 was arrested and he currently remains in police custody.
“Throughout the evening local councillors worked very closely with police in an effort to diffuse the situation.
Chief Superintendent Beck continued: “This was an orchestrated attack on police who were carrying out their duties to help protect the people of Newtownabbey: My officers put on their uniform every day and go out into the community they serve, not knowing what lies ahead of them. However this does not deter them from turning up every day to do their duty. No-one, no matter what line of work they are in deserves to be subjected to any kind of violence. The officers who serve the Newtownabbey area are fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, they have families who wait every day on their loved ones coming home, hoping they have not been injured, or worse.
Chief Superintendent Beck concluded: “We are living in unprecedented times, dealing with a global pandemic, no-one needs the added pressure of disorder in their community. Everyone deserves to live in peace, free from violence. I would appeal to those who are taking to the streets to stop immediately, their actions are causing nothing but harm and distress to the very communities they claim they are representing. The people of Northern Ireland deserve better. “No-one wants to be dragged back to the dark days when rioting was a common occurrence on the streets of Northern Ireland:
“We will continue to work with our partner agencies, community and elected representatives and the people of Newtownabbey to ensure we can all live in a peaceful society.
“ Anyone with any information about last night’s rioting is asked to call us on the non-emergency number 101, or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ . You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.04: 2021:
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