Fountain petrol bomb attacks 'attempted murder'

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Media captionThree petrol bombs were thrown on Thursday night in an attack on the Fountain estate

A community worker in Londonderry has said attacks on the Fountain estate were "attempted murder" after petrol bombs were thrown for the third time in a week.

Three petrol bombs were thrown from Nailors Row at about 21:00 GMT on Thursday night.

They landed on a grass area and no damage was caused.

Petrol bombs, paint bombs and bricks were thrown towards the Fountain estate on Monday night and last Sunday.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has described recent disturbances in the area, involving ten-year-old children, as "disgraceful".

'Good relationship'

PSNI Ch Insp Jon Burrows said he would be alerting social services about recent events.

Fountain community worker Jeanette Warke said: "I can't believe this is happened for the third time. It's more sinister now.

"One of our young people could be hit. That's attempted murder.

"Social services needs to come in and see why these young people are out doing this.

"Educating young people from all communities will take things forward."

Sean Collins, a community worker in the nationalist Bogside area, said "no one in the Bogside seems to know who these young people are".

"We have a good relationship with community workers in the Fountain. We will continue to work with them."

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