Police investigate shots fired in Londonderry disturbance

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Media captionPSNI chief inspector Alan Hutton warned young people not to get involved in trouble and to act responsibly

Police are investigating reports that shots were fired during trouble in Londonderry.

PSNI vehicles came under attack from youths throwing masonry in the Leafair Gardens area of the city at about 21:50 BST on Wednesday.

Two of the vehicles were substantially damaged and officers used CS spray to bring the situation under control. Police say there were no injuries.

Residents said they were threatened by a crowd of up to "100 youths".

A 17-year-old man was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

He was later released, pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Police later received reports that shots had been fired at around 23:20 BST in the same area as the earlier disturbance.

'Out of control'

One resident, Steven Deery, told BBC Radio Foyle he saw more than 100 youths involved in the trouble.

"They were all fighting amongst themselves and as the night went on they just got more drink and more youths gathered and it was all chaos," he said.

Image caption A 17-year-old man was arrested for disorderly behaviour during trouble in Londonderry's Leafair Gardens

"They were breaking my fence, trying to set fire to the back garden and then we came out to try and confront them but they don't go away.

"They're brazen, shouting and roaring threats, firing bottles and stones down the street at each other.

"Eventually the whole street came out and tried to move them on but they weren't moving.

"Then the police landed and they just went crazy, they went mad, totally out of control.

"Everybody was fighting and throwing stones, it was frightening."

Mr Deery said some of his neighbours are now afraid to leave their homes at night.

'Terrified all night'

Kathy Kelly has been living in Leafair Gardens for 20 years but said she will now leave the area.

"My son went out to try and get them to move and he was attacked. Somebody jumped him and then I looked out and seen my son on the ground with six wee boys on top of him.

"I couldn't sit in the house knowing my son was out there getting physically abused by this crowd. I was just terrified all night, it left me in a wile worried state about my son.

"I love this street, I love my neighbours on this street but I just don't want to live here any longer with all this. It's not a good environment for children."

Sinn Féin councillor Sandra Duffy said: "The weather has been great all week as people have been enjoying the Easter break, but as we have found in the past it also has its downside when large groups of young people gather and engage in on street drinking."

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney: "Residents in Galliagh are sick, sore and tired of the constant plague of anti-social behaviour and street drinking that has made life a nightmare for them and their families."