Londonderry: Spate of hijackings ‘violation of grief’

Londonderry: Spate of hijackings 'violation of grief'

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Colum Eastwood mentioned the issues was a “violation of Derry’s grief”

Politicians have condemned a spate of hijackings in Londonderry on the eve of John Hume’s funeral.

Law enforcement said three autos have been hijacked in the Creggan estate, Glenowen Park and Ballymagroarty.

In the initial incident, a van was hijacked in Rathlin Travel at 15:55 BST and set alight a limited distance away.

A next van was hijacked 50 minutes afterwards in Glenowen Park, then a bus on Aileach Highway at 17:15 BST. It was set alight, but speedily extinguished.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood condemned the incidents on the similar working day that the body of John Hume was currently being returned to the metropolis.

“People are hoping to demonstrate their respect for a person who introduced an end to conflict,” he claimed.

“The assaults on folks and autos that have taken place throughout the town are a violation of Derry’s grief and all those liable have set them selves versus our community.

“It demands to end now and these liable must be held accountable.”

‘City mourns’

Sinn Féin assembly member Martina Anderson claimed: “The hijacking and burning of postal and delivery vans by masked people today throughout Derry on Monday and nowadays is incorrect and I certainly condemn it.

“This serves no purpose other than destroying people’s livelihoods and producing major disruption to folks living in the neighborhood neighborhood, especially individuals waiting on parcels.

“It is even much more disgraceful that these assaults have taken position whilst the metropolis mourns on the eve of the funeral of John Hume.”

The system of the previous SDLP chief is remaining introduced from Donegal to his household metropolis of Derry on Tuesday night time.

Police have appealed for any one with any information and facts about the hijackings to contact them.

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