Community hold protest at damaged Peace Wall

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 12:23 -- Editor

A protest has been held at the damaged Peace Wall between Bishop Street and the Fountain Estate.

The security wall in the Fountain Estate was broken through with a sledgehammer and a plaque in a nearby Peace Garden was vandalised during an attack in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

Mayor Maurice Devenney was joined by community representatives and members of the local community to protest against the damaged to the Peace Wall and the nearby St Columba's Peace Garden. The protesters were calling for an end to the sectarian attacks. Mr Devenney inspected the repair work and community representatives spoke with local residents.

SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly said he was pleased to see representatives and residents from both sides of the community at the protest.

"Today's event demonstrated the cross community support for the right of every citizen in our city to have peace in their own home," he said. "The good work of those community workers in the Fountain/Bishop Street area is replicated in other interfaces across the city. The St Columba’s Peace Garden was established to promote and advance friendship and harmony among the people of our city, and symbolise the positive work being done locally in different aspects of peace building, community work, sustainability and social justice. That work will continue despite the wanton destructive acts of a few."

Police are investigating the incidents and say the investigation into criminal damage continues. The CCTV footage has been reviewed and they will be looking to identity two individuals they believe were responsible for causing the damage.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Police at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.