Ballycolman residents put at risk by ‘reckless’ acts – MLA

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Ballycolman residents put at risk by ‘reckless’ acts – MLA thumbnailThe burnt out car in Ballycolman Estate.

A LOCAL MLA says those responsible for taking and crashing a car in a local housing estate before setting it on fire were "completely reckless".

Sinn Féin's Micheala Boyle was speaking out after the car was taken and then crashed into a road sign at the bottom of Ballycolman Estate in the early hours of Sunday morning before being abandoned and subsequently set on fire.

Speaking on Monday she said the incident had placed the lives of local residents at risk.

"This car initially crashed into a road sign and while the driver abandoned it, someone then, for whatever reason, arrived a while later and set fire to the vehicle.

"Both actions were reckless in the extreme and it is only through good fortune that wider damage was not caused or that someone was not injured or worse in these incidents.

"Local residents say that shortly after the vehicle being set on fire there was a loud bang from the car which obviously awoke and terrified a lot of people.

"Both of these incidents were a disgrace and whoever carried them out showed total disregard for this community."

Ms Boyle said she had made contact with Derry City and Strabane District Council's Environmental Services department to arrange to have the car removed on Monday after noon.


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