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Parents asked 'do you know where your kids are?' after teenagers riot

Two teenage boys were arrested as officers responded to the scene last night.

Glencaw Park
Glencaw Park
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TWO TEENAGE BOYS have been arrested in Derry after riot scenes in the Leafair Gardens and Glencaw Park areas of the city last night.

Police received reports that between “30 and 40 youths” were pouring petrol on the street and setting it on fire at around 10.30pm, causing a barricade.

“Police attended and came under fire from the youths throwing missiles such as bricks and bottles at police vehicles,” a statement said.

Officers on foot made the two arrests.

Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said residents in thie area had “suffered again due to the reckless actions” of the young people involved.

“Two males aged 14 and 16 were arrested last night on suspicion of riotous behaviour.

“I will again reiterate the message to youths involved in this kind of activity – you run the very real risk of being arrested and getting a criminal record which could affect your life for a very long time.

“Parents need to know where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing.

“I appeal to anyone with any information about this incident or any other anti-social behaviour in their area, to contact their local police on the non emergency number 101.”

The two youths have since been released on police bail.

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