POLICE in Derry have launched an investigation after serious rioting in Derry last night.
Two petrol bombs were lobbed over Derry’s Walls near to the Memorial Hall.
This was followed by serious disorder during which police came under attack by up to 20 petrol bombs.
Detectives from Strand Road CID are now studying CCTV footage from the city in a bid to identify the offenders.
Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “At around 10.45pm last night police received a report that 2 petrol bombs had been thrown over the city walls close to the Memorial Hall in Derry.
“Last night the Memorial Hall was busy with people socialising after the parade in the City and, while no one was injured, this could have been much different had it not been for the actions of police.
“Police who deployed to the area to prevent further disorder were subsequently attacked by persons who threw 15-20 petrol bombs and other missiles in the area of Fahan Street.
“A number of pallets were also placed on the street and set on fire.
“Fortunately, no injuries were sustained by officers, but this violent behaviour cannot be tolerated.
“Calm was restored shortly after 1am and Police remained in the area and monitored the situation throughout the night.
“A thorough police investigation is now underway to identify those responsible and seek to bring them before the courts.
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened last night to contact police. Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”