Northern Ireland

Londonderry: Man dies after 'stolen' car hits lamp-post

A man's body was found inside this car in the Galliagh area of Londonderry
Image caption A man's body was found inside this car in the Galliagh area of Londonderry

A man has died after the car he was travelling in hit a lamp-post and then caught fire in Londonderry.

It happened on Fairview Road in Galliagh at about 04:15 BST and the car involved is believed to have been stolen.

Image caption Forensic officers have cordoned off part of the Fairview Road

Police and the Northern Ireland Fire Service attended the scene and found the man's body inside the vehicle.

Police say the car is believed to have been stolen in the Oakfield Avenue area of the city earlier.

At the scene: BBC News NI's John Campbell

The car came to rest in a cul-de-sac next to a water pumping station.

The back of the vehicle was severely damaged by fire and its bonnet came off.

The vehicle was covered with a tarpaulin.

Police have also examined the area around a damaged lamp-post at the other end of Fairview Road.

Image caption The Fairview Road is expected to be closed for some time while an investigation is carried out

Officers are working to establish the circumstances of the incident, including whether anyone else was in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Fairview Road was closed for a number of hours while forensic examinations were carried out., but it was reopened on Saturday evening.

Officers thanked the local community "for their cooperation and patience throughout the day as police worked to establish what happened".