Derry march: Van set on fire after dissident parade in Creggan

Police said the youths seen preparing petrol bombs also took part in the parade along Central Drive.

Ch Supt Kearney added: “It’s incredibly sad, and really disheartening to see young people, including children, involved in this.

“Using young people in this way, risking their safety and encouraging them to engage in criminality is reprehensible.

“A local person’s van was set on fire for no reason, just next to a local community hall on Central Drive in Creggan, while a number of petrol bombs were also thrown in the area.”

At about 19:30 BST, missiles were thrown at a fire appliance sent to the area to deal with rubbish that had been set on fire across a road at Creggan Heights.

The appliance was not damaged but turned back, left the area and police went to the scene, according to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

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