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Driver doused in petrol during Derry hijacking as city suffers third night of violence

Police come under attack in Derry in a third day of violence in the city
A driver was doused in petrol by a group of men who hijacked his recovery lorry before setting it alight in Derry last night as the city suffered a third night of violence. 

In another incident a masked gang of up to 20 people, some armed with metal bars, tried unsuccessfully to hijack a man’s car.

There were further hijackings and attempted hijackings in the city last night, after similar incidents in recent days.

The fifth anniversary of the introduction of internment on 9th August 1971 was marked with disturbances and the hijacking and burning of vehicles. This picture was taken on the Falls Road, Belfast, N Ireland. 197608090356b
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Youths threw petrol bombs, paint bombs and other missiles at police in two separate locations as officers responded to a hoax security alert on Skeoge Road and later to the hijacking of the recovery lorry near Galliagh roundabout. Police said around 150 young people had gathered close to the roundabout and officers were attacked.

Two to three men stopped the recovery vehicle and one of them poured fuel inside the lorry “covering the driver”.


“Both males managed to escape from the vehicle in what was a terrifying ordeal for them and get to safety before the truck was set alight.

“NIFRS and police attended the scene where a crowd of around 150 people had gathered. Some of those who had gathered threw missiles, including stones and bottles, at officers. A petrol bomb was also thrown but failed to ignite.

“As this was taking place, police received a report of an attempted hijacking in Galliagh Park where a woman was stopped by a young masked male who tried to take her vehicle – a black Kia – using a wheelbrace. The woman managed to flee to safety. Damage was caused to the car door, and the woman was understandably left shaken.”

Police said the third incident took place at around 12:40am today when a van was hijacked and set alight in Fergleen Park.

Another attempted hijacking was reported just after 2am when up to 20 masked people, some armed with metal bars, tried unsuccessfully to hijack a man’s car on Fairview Road

A number of vehicles were also hijacked in the city on Tuesday August 4.

Derry and Strabane District Commander Chief Superintendent Emma Bond said the violence was “not representative of this city” and was taking place against the backdrop of the death and funeral of former SDLP and civil rights leader John Hume.

She said police had gathered evidence with a view to making arrests and asked community and elected representatives to continue using their influence.

“This has been the third night of disorder in our city at the hands of cowards determined to cause disruption in our communities.  It is unacceptable and I am very disappointed people made a deliberate decision to go out onto the streets and cause trouble,” CS Bond said.

“Yesterday, the world’s media was focused on the city as John Hume was laid to rest. The scenes in our communities last night are not representative of this city.

“I want to stress the disorder we have seen on our streets over the past few nights has been caused by a minority of people who have absolutely no regard for our communities being impacted, and the people who live here.”

CS Bond had a message for onlookers.

“I would also urge anyone, including those who gathered to watch this disorder last night to understand this is not entertainment. This is dangerous, reckless activity, which has a significant impact on not only the people whose vehicles were targeted, but also on the local communities.”

She thanked community and elected representatives who had been on the ground last night and asked them to continue to use their influence “to help us maintain control of the situation so we don’t have another night of disorder and our communities don’t come under attack again”.

“We have gathered evidence in relation to these incidents and are working to identify those responsible and those involved and we can assure the public we will be working towards making arrests,” she added.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Maeve Connolly for the original story 

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DISSY chief Thomas Ashe Mellon has insisted the Lyra McKee murder weapon is clean, a source has claimed 

Dissident boss Thomas Ashe Mellon

Terror boss Mellon has assured dissident pals cops will find nothing on the pistol that will link the teenage shooter believed to have blasted the young journalist to death.

Hammerli X-Esse, a.22 German-made pistol. The gun used to murder journalist Lyra McKee
Other bullets were also recovered by the RUC/PSNI

The Sunday World understands he insists the gun was “professionally cleaned” in the wake of the fatal shooting in Derry’s Creggan estate. When summoned to a meeting in Belfast last week by his dissident cohorts, he said this was the reason why the gun was not taken out of Derry as instructed. He claimed that because it was forensically wiped, it was better off within reach of his Derry unit considering the availability of weapons was so restricted. The Sunday World revealed on the anniversary of the Belfast women’s murder that the gun was still in Derry and within reach of the killer gang. While members of the Collective Leadership of the NIRA were unconvinced by Mellon last week, they had no option but to swallow the explanation safe in the knowledge that if they acted against Mellon they would loose Derry completely. 

“They knew, as did Tommy, that if they moved on him then he would have walked Derry firmly behind. “If Tommy goes then so does Derry, he will have their support. He already operates on his own effectively giving two fingers to lads on a regular basis and he has done it again,” said a Derry dissident.

The IRA Green Book, Informers will be tolerated LOOSE-TALK COSTS LIVES. Including your own





“The IRA do not like do not like what Thomas is doing, setting his own agendas, ignoring orders such as no operations during this pandemic thing, but they need Derry and without Thomas, at this stage anyway, there is no Derry without him,” he revealed. Crisis talks have taken place with members of the organisation publicly raising their concerns that their were informers within the ranks. This comes after we revealed last week that Derry were in the firing  line after a series of botched jobs, four in recent months, with the most concerning being the discovery of the Hammerli X-Esse pistol (pictured above). The Sunday World can also reveal that the levels of paranoia and suspicion has increased after last week’s article exposing the chinks in the criminal gang.

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and the EXCLUSIVE story from Paula Mackin for the original story 


Bloody Sunday families demand case to be kept in Co. Derry

Brother says ‘Soldier F’ hearing should not be moved!

Bloody Sunday not forgotten your Poppy here for us means nothing

The Bloody Sunday families will fight “tooth and nail” to prevent the Soldier F murder case being moved out of Derry. Michael McKinney, whose brother, William was among those gunned down in cold blood by British Paratroopers said his family would not allow his brothers murder to be treated differently than any other victim. Mr McKinney (pictured below) was speaking after District Judge Barney McElholm suggested the case be moved to Belfast to ensure a suitable venue was available.

PLEDGE: Michael McKinney said his family will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep the ‘Soldier F’ case in Derry

Soldier F is facing two murder charges in connection with the 1972 murders of 13 innocent victims on Bloody Sunday.

“We as a family will not let Willie be treated differently from any other victim” – Michael McKinney 

The former British Paratrooper is to be charged with the murder of William McKinney and Jim Wray (both pictured in the featured image) as well as four counts of attempted murder. He denies the charges. At a preliminary hearing in Co Derry yesterday – at which ‘Soldier F’ was not present – a Public Prosecution lawyer said a decision must be taken on a venue for the case in the near future. Judge McElholm said it looked likely that the case would have to be moved out of Derry. “We cannot convene this in just some hall or public space. There are considerations of security,” he said. “We are willing to listen to any opposition put to us. “At the moment, despite trying to get somewhere closer to the city, I am afraid Belfast looks like the venue.” Solicitor for the Bloody Sunday families, Ciaran Shiels, said the case should be heard in Derry.


“This is where the killings occurred, a stone’s throw from these buildings,” he said. “We have always been of the view that ‘F’ should be attending here in person at his committal and that remains the position.” He said other arrangements could be made to overcome any logistical challenges while, in security terms, police favoured Derry over Belfast.

A very rare photograph of ‘Soldier F’ which was taken in Co Derry in 1972

His comments were echoed by Mr McKinney, who said the Bloody Sunday families were determined that ‘Soldier F’ should stand trial in Derry. “My brother was an innocent young Derry man who was shot dead on the streets of his hometown and now there are moves to take the trial out of Derry,” he said. “We’ll fight tooth and nail to keep this case in Derry.”

Follow this link to find out more in 1971 11 people were murdered in Ballymurphy  by by the same British Army regiment who murdered 13 innocent people on Bloody Sunday in Derry: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2295906417095915&id=100000297382246

The families are also opposing moves to continue anonymity for ‘Soldier F’. Mr Shiels said he been informed that if ‘Soldier F’ wished to maintain his anonymity, his lawyers should set out in detail the legal provision on which they rely.

Ballymurphy 1971 British State Murder For Hire

The Bloody Sunday families have two weeks to make submissions challenging the decision to move the hearings to Belfast. The case has been adjourned until February 7th 2020.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Seamus McKinney for the original story 

James McClean hits back after Fianna Fail election candidate brands him ‘divisive’

James McClean

Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean has hit back at a Fianna Fail local election candidate who branded him “divisive” and said he was not a “top class sportsman”.

Earlier this week candidate for Carrick on Shannon Fintan Cox took aim at McClean on Twitter, saying that while he was a hero to “so called republicans” he was not a top class sportsman and was “no hero”.

Mr Cox, who runs two pharmacies in the Carrick area, said that McClean “alienates many fellow Irish men”.

He compared McClean unfavourably to Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy who he said “is a superstar all Irish men can support”.

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In response to the comments Stoke City footballer McClean said that Mr Cox was an “embarrassment” like the party he represents.

He said that Mr Cox was a “small time unknown politician” and made reference to his personal apperance.

The footballer ended his response “up the shiners”.

Fintan Cox
To so called republicans on this Island JamesMcclean is an Irish hero and a top class sports man,but in reality he’s not a top class sportsman and he’s no hero either as he’s divisive and alienates many fellow Irish men,whereas Rory Mc ilroy is superstar all Irish men can support

1:48 PM – May 15, 2019

Mr Cox replied to McClean saying that he had “made my point for me”.

I stand with James McClean – The Pride of Derry

McClean is an outspoken supporter of Sinn Fein and has been pictured with party representatives on many occasions in the past.

He has attracted controversy during his career for his refusal to wear a poppy on his shirt during remembrance commemorations, citing his background growing up in Londonderry and the actions of the British Army on Bloody Sunday.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story

Today we remember Óglach Francis Hughes who was a volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) from Bellaghy, Co. Derry.

And the second man allowed to die in the 1981 Hunger Strike. Hughes was the most wanted man in North of Ireland until his arrest following a shoot-out with the Special Air Service (SAS) in which an SAS soldier was killed. At his trial he was sentenced to a total of 83 years’ imprisonment in Long Kesh (HMP Maze).

Hughes was born in Bellaghy, Co. Derry on 28th February 1956 into a republican family, the youngest of four brothers in a family of ten siblings. Hughes’ father Joseph had been a member of the Irish Republican Army in the 1920s and one of his uncles had smuggled arms for the republican movement. This resulted in the Hughes family being targeted when internment was introduced in 1971, and Francis Hughes’ brother Oliver was interned for eight months without trial in Operation Demetrius.Hughes left school aged 16 and started work as an apprentice painter and decorator.

Francis was returning from an evening out in Ardboe, Co. Tyrone when he was stopped at an Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) checkpoint. When the soldiers realised he came from a republican family, he was badly beaten. Hughes’ father encouraged him to see a doctor and report the incident to the police but Hughes refused, saying he “would get his own back on the people who did it, and their friends”.


Hughes initially joined the Official Irish Republican Army but left after the organisation declared a ceasefire in May 1972. Hughes then joined an Independent Republican Unit along with Dominic McGlinchey and Ian Milne, before the three decided to join the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1973. Hughes, Milne and McGlinchey took part in scores of IRA operations, including daylight attacks on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) stations, bombings, and attacks on off-duty members of the RUC and UDR.

On 18th April 1977 Hughes, McGlinchey and Milne were travelling in a car near the town of Moneymore when an RUC patrol car carrying four officers signalled them to stop.The IRA members attempted to escape by performing a u-turn, but lost control of the car which ended up in a ditch. They abandoned the car and opened fire on the RUC patrol car, killing two officers and wounding another, before running off through fields. A second RUC patrol came under fire while attempting to prevent the men fleeing, and despite a search operation by the RUC and British Army (BA) the IRA members escaped. Following the Moneymore shootings the RUC named Hughes as the most wanted man in the North of Ireland, and issued wanted posters with pictures of Hughes, Milne and McGlinchey. Milne was arrested in Lurgan in August 1977, and McGlinchey later in the year in the Republic.

Hughes was eventually captured on 17th March 1978 near Maghera in Co. Derry after an exchange of gunfire with the British Army. A member of the Parachute Regiment, L/CPL David Jones, was killed in the gun battle, and another paratrooper seriously wounded. Hughes was wounded in the leg. He managed to limp away but was discovered the next morning in a search and surrendered to British troops.

In February 1980 he was sentenced to a total of 83 years in prison. Hughes was tried for, and found guilty of, the murder of one British Army soldier (for which he received a life sentence) and wounding of another (for which he received 14 years) in the incident which led to his capture, as well as a series of gun and bomb attacks over a six-year period. Security sources described him as “an absolute fanatic” and “a ruthless killer”. Fellow republicans described him as “fearless and active”.

Hughes was involved in the mass hunger strike in 1980, and was the second prisoner to join the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike in the H-Blocks at Long Kesh. His hunger strike began on 15th March 1981, two weeks after Bobby Sands became the first hunger striker. He was the second striker to die, at 5:43pm BST on 12th May, after 59 days without food. His death led to an upsurge in rioting in Irish nationalist areas of the North of Ireland.

Ádh mór Oraibh

Rest in power son of Ireland.

Fuair sé bás ar son Saoirse na hÉireann

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Lyra McKee: Two men charged with rioting, hijacking and arson

Lyra McKee was observing rioting in the Creggan, Co. Derry, when she was shot dead last month



A 51-year-old man has been charged with rioting, petrol bomb offences and arson of a hijacked vehicle in Londonderry as part of the investigation into the murder of Lyra Mckee.

A 38-year-old man has also been charged with rioting, petrol bomb offences and the arson and hijacking of a tipper truck.

There was violent disorder throughout the evening leading up to the journalist’s death on the Creggan estate last month.

Both men are due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Saturday.

An 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, also arrested by detectives investigating Ms Mckee’s death, have been released without charge.

All four were detained under terrorism legislation on Thursday.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot while observing rioting in Londonderry on 18 April.

Police we’re searching for weapons and ammunition in Derry when the violence started Image copyright © PA

Violence broke out in Creggan after raids were carried out by police.

Detectives were investigating dissident republican activity in the Mulroy Park and Galliagh areas.

Following the arrests, the senior detective leading the investigation, Det Supt Jason Murphy, said: “Detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder.

“I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated major incident public portal. I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know.”

The New IRA said its members carried out the murder.

Her killing has led to an outpouring of grief and calls for politicians in Northern Ireland to return to power sharing.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original story

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Dissident republican loses bid to have imprisonment declared unlawful

Neil Hegarty




A dissident republican convicted of having explosives has lost a legal battle to have his return to prison declared unlawful.

Neil Hegarty claimed he was wrongly held in custody for a further 76 days after his licence was revoked for allegedly denying entry to install electronic monitoring equipment at his home in Derry.

But the Court of Appeal dismissed his challenge after citing his status as a convicted terrorist and relevant events at the property.

Hegarty, 53, was one of three men sentenced to ten years for possession of explosives in Derry.

Police stopped them in a car containing an anti-personnel device in the Creggan area of the city in December 2012.

Hegarty served five years behind bars before being released on licence in December 2017, under conditions which included compliance with electronic monitoring.

But the following day the PSNI informed a Parole Commissioner that he failed to admit security staff to his home to fit the equipment, the court heard.

A police report alleged G4S personnel who went to the mid-terrace property at Benevenagh Gardens observed a number of men inside and were refused entry.

It was also claimed that before leaving prison Hegarty had revealed he would not be consenting to having the equipment fitted.

The Parole Commissioner concluded that he had displayed “wilful disengagement” with the licence process and recommended the revocation.

Hegarty launched judicial review proceedings after the Department of Justice decided to return him to prison.

His lawyers argued the move was unlawfully based on false assertions that he intended not to cooperate with the tagging condition.

They disputed the accuracy of evidence against him and questioned the description of the house security staff said they visited.

The Commissioner had unreasonably accepted unattributed, unexplained and false assertions of fact as evidence without a proper enquiry, it was contended.

In February last year a High Court judge dismissed the challenge – prompting Hegarty to mount an appeal.

Later that month he was released again following a further review of his case.

However, his legal team pressed ahead with their claims that the 76 days spent in custody during that period was an unlawful.

Ruling on the appeal, Lord Justice Stephens said it was apparent that the Single Commissioner’s decision was based on incorrect information as Hegarty had not refused to consent to the fitting of monitoring equipment immediately before his release.

However, the information about events at his home would have led her to make the same decision, the court found.

Dismissing the challenge, Lord Justice Stephens said: “We consider that given the appellant was a convicted terrorist, given the facts… and what occurred at the appellant’s home, her decision would necessarily have been the same.

“On that basis the decision of the Single Commissioner was not unlawful.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Alan Erwin for the original story

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