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Young children involved in attacking vehicles in Derry last night

Children as young as seven were involved in disturbances in the Bogside area of the city.

File image of a petrol bomb being thrown at a police van in Derry in August 2008
File image of a petrol bomb being thrown at a police van in Derry in August 2008
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/File

THE PSNI HAS said that children as young as seven were among a crowd of about thirty youngsters who were involved in attacking vehicles in the Bogside area of Derry last night.

It follows disturbances in the area on Saturday night which led to the arrest of four men.

The BBC reports that as many as ten petrol bombs were thrown and a bus and van were struck.

SDLP MP for Foyle Mark Durkan has urged parents to be aware of their children’s movements following the disturbances.

Highland radio reports that a festival is getting underway today in the Gailliagh area of Derry. The festival is replacing the annual August bonfire after residents raised concerns about further violent incidents.

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