#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: The men, aged 21 and 33, have also been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, riot, possession of petrol bombs, throwing petrol bombs and arson….
#AceDailyNews UPDATE: Lyra McKee Case: Two men charged with murder of journalist was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate in April 2019.
The 33-year-old has also been charged with robbery.
A third man, aged 20, has been charged with riot, possession of petrol bombs and throwing petrol bombs.
All three are expected to appear before Londonderry Magistrates Court via video-link on Friday.
A 19-year-old man, who was also arrested during the same police operation, has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.
#AceNewsReport – July.23: James is subject to notification requirements as he is convicted of a sexual offence…..
#AceDailyNews report police appeal for information on whereabouts of man unlawfully at large and its believed that James has been seen recently in the Essex area of England. He is known to have connections in Bradford, Lancaster and Liverpool and he is known to have connections to the Fermanagh, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry areas.
James (pictured above) is described as 5’7”, slim build (around 63.5 kg), short light brown hair with receding hairline, short brown full beard, blue eyes and speaks with a Fermanagh accent.
Police would appeal to anyone who has seen James Taggart, or who knows of his whereabouts to contact us on 101: Police would also appeal to him directly to hand himself in.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous.
Statement from The Police Ombudsman’s Office: The Police Ombudsman’s Office is investigating after a man was shot by police in Derry/Londonderry last night (Saturday 17 April): The man has been taken to hospital where he is understood to be in a critical condition: One police officer has been treated for stab wounds to his arm and head.The incident happened at around 10.45pm at a flat at Celandine Court in the Gobnascale area of the Waterside.
Police in Derry/Londonderry responded to a report of concern for safety for a man at an address in Celandine Court in Gobnascale at approximately 10:45pm last night (Saturday, 17th April) A police officer sustained a knife wound to his arm and head during the incident and he was taken to hospital for treatment: The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has been informed and is investigating: There are no further details at this time.
A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s Office said: “Our investigators are at the scene and are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of what happened: “At this stage, we know that police went to the flat after receiving a call for assistance. There was then a confrontation during which one police officer sustained stab wounds and police discharged CS spray and a single gunshot.“Police notified the Police Ombudsman’s on-call team about the incident, and our investigators have been making enquiries at the scene throughout the night.
“We would be keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about what happened, and would ask anybody who might be able to assist our enquiries to call our freephone witness appeal line on 0800 032 7880.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: The Police Service of Northern Ireland described the latest shooting as a “ruthless attack” ……Those who carry out these shootings have no regard for the trauma they are causing either to the victim or anyone in the vicinity of the attack,” it said:
Londonderry: Second man shot in legs in city this week: It happened at a house at Whitethorn Drive in Currynierin at about 23:00 BST on Thursday: Two men forced their way into the house before shooting the man a number of times in the legs & on Tuesday a man in his 20s was shot in what police said was a “paramilitary-style assault” in the Bogside.
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Derry’s Mayor Brian Tierney said his thoughts were with the injured man and his family after the “brutal” shooting on Thursday: “This isn’t something we want in any of our estates or any of our streets,” he said:
‘Shootings need to stop’
“It only instils fear and intimidates an entire community when people are running around acting as judge, jury and executioner.
“I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of anyone who decides it is a good idea to take the law into their own hands.”
It is the seventh shooting in Derry since the start of this year.
Mr Tierney, an SDLP councillor, said he would raise his concerns about the recent gun attacks with police on Friday:
Sinn Fein councillor Paul Fleming said the attacks “need to stop immediately”.
“There is no place for these type of incidents in our society and those behind them need to realise that and go away,” he said.
Detectives have asked anyone with information about the attacks to contact them.
Last Week on Saturday 10th April: 14 officers injured in latest Belfast disorder
Police are investigating further disorder in Belfast last night: The disorder occurred in various parts of the city including Duncairn Gardens -Tigers Bay area, and North Queen Street: During the disorder, which started shortly after 5pm, petrol bombs and masonry, including roof tiles, were thrown at police. There was an attempt to hijack vehicles on Limestone Road and, on North Queen Street, a car was hijacked and set on fire and pushed towards police lines: Three male teenagers, all aged 14 years old, were arrested during the disorder and they have all been released pending further enquiries: As a result of the disorder on North Queen Street, 14 officers were injured bringing the total number of officers injured during recent disorder to 88.
Chief Inspector Darren Fox said: “These were disgraceful scenes, which lasted until approximately 1am, that unfolded on the streets of our city last night. This was reckless and dangerous criminal behaviour which resulted in a number of our officers sustaining injury. Thankfully, most of these injuries are not serious. However, a male officer was knocked unconscious and required hospital treatment. As you can imagine, none of our officers go out expecting to be attacked in this way: “ Again, we reiterate our message that this shameful and senseless behaviour is achieving nothing other than wrecking local communities. Residents in these areas, or indeed anywhere, do not want or deserve to experience the fear many of them will have felt in recent nights: “ I am appealing to all those with influence to help bring this violence to an end and, to parents, guardians and community leaders, we ask that you use your influence to ensure we do not see a repeat of such disorder: “ The community can be reassured we will continue to work to keep people safe, and an investigation is underway and evidence gathered will now be reviewed and those identified will face the full rigour of the law.”
#AceBreakingNews – NORTHERN IRELAND (Londonderry) – May 30 – A Northern Ireland hotel was damaged in a bombing late on Thursday that politicians said was an attempt to drag the province back to its bloody past, but there were no injuries.
(Irish Times) – The device was thrown into the reception of the Everglades Hotel in the Prehen area of Derry by a masked man last night.
A 1998 peace deal largely ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland between Protestants who want to remain British and Catholics favouring unification with Ireland, but pockets of division and sporadic violence remain. A device packed into a holdall bag started a fire after it was thrown into the reception of the luxury Everglades Hotel in Londonderry. Staff managed to evacuate the hotel before the device exploded, “undoubtedly preventing a tragedy”, a Northern Ireland police spokesman said.
The bomb went off while disposal experts were trying to defuse it. It was the first attack in Northern Ireland since the bombing of a shopping mall in November and there was no immediate claim of responsibility or explanation of why the hotel was targeted.
“So many people are working hard to move the city forward, but those behind this device are trying to drag us back to the worst times,” local member of parliament Mark Durkan of the republican SDLP party said in a statement.
Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, once a leading figure in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), condemned the attack and said his home-town of Londonderry would not be held back by those living in the past.
In the past two weeks, police in the Irish Republic have seized two substantial bombs and made a series of arrests before the devices could be shipped across the border into Northern Ireland for use.
The hotel attack came hours after a new Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was appointed.