Eastwood: Hijacking attack on community

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Social Democratic and Labour Party Leader Colum Eastwood MP has said a hijacking in Derry on Sunday night is an attack on the entire community.

A delivery driver was hijacked at gunpoint and forced to drive to a police station in the Waterside.

Lisnagelvin Primary School had to close on Monday and a number of homes were evacuated as a result.

Foyle MP Mr Eastwood said:

“This horrendous incident has shocked people in Derry and right across the North as they wake up to what's happened on Monday morning. Ordinary people who are getting ready to do a day’s work, children preparing for school and the community as a whole have been impacted, with significant disruption caused as a result.

“Our thoughts are with the driver who has been through a terrible ordeal and all the people affected. Nobody should be subjected to this kind of attack while out trying to earn a living. This incident harks back to one of the darkest days of our city’s past, the disgraceful murder of Patsy Gillespie and will be retraumatising for victims.

“Those behind this are achieving nothing by disrupting the lives of people in our city. They enjoy no support in this community and are actively harming the cause of Irish unity through their futile actions. Violence of any kind was wrong 50 years ago and it’s wrong today, these groups need to realise it’s long past time they left the stage and police must hold them accountable for their actions.”

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