People need to stand together after more city violence, says Long

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said people need to stand together after shots were fired at police during more trouble in Derry-Londonderry.

Ms Long was speaking after at least six shots were fired in the Bogside area during another night of trouble. Petrol bombs and paint bombs were also thrown into the Fountain estate, marking the latest in a series of attacks on residents there. Chief Inspector Neil Beck said it was “a blatant bid to murder police officers”.

“I utterly condemn this violence. Those behind it are abusing local residents,” she said.

“It is not wanted by the wider community and I appeal to anyone who knows the people involved, in the rioting itself and also orchestrating it, to work with the PSNI to get them arrested and off the streets.

“The entire community, both in Derry-Londonderry and wider afield, needs to stand together against those dissident republicans who are exploiting sectarian divisions to create tension and cause confrontation with the PSNI.”

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