Derry live updates as police arrest six men after clashes involving petrol bombs near city cemetery

Police in Derry have arrested six men after clashes involving petrol bombs in the city this afternoon.

Video circulating on social media shows youths throwing the missiles at police Land Rovers at the City Cemetery on Lone Moor Road.

It follows a republican parade to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising that took place in the city on Easter Monday.

The parade was connected to the group Saoradh which is accused of having links with the New IRA.

The Parades Commission had ruled that no paramilitary-style clothing be worn in the procession.

Five men, aged 29, 38, 40, 50, and 54 years old were arrested under the Terrorism Act. A sixth man, aged 40 years old, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Police have confirmed that all six men remain in custody on Monday evening. Officers also seized a number of vehicles, suspected terrorist uniforms, and petrol bombs.

Derry & Strabane District Commander, Chief Superintendent Ryan Henderson said: “Earlier today, police were in attendance at a notified parade in the city. On the basis of initial observations, participants in the parade were assessed as having potentially committed criminal offenses.

“Police monitored the event closely and, at what was considered to be an appropriate point, took action to secure evidence and make arrests.

“Whilst doing so, police officers came under attack from petrol bombs and masonry.

“Our officers showed tremendous courage and professionalism in what was still clearly a dangerous situation. Fortunately, none of our officers, or members of the public were injured as a result of this reckless and criminal behavior. Our inquiries will continue over the coming days and weeks to bring offenders to justice. “

The parade coincides with the third anniversary of murdered journalist Lyra McKee.

Ms McKee, a journalist, died after being struck by a bullet during rioting in the Creggan area of ​​Londonderry on April 18, 2019.

Meanwhile, Lyra’s family voiced disgust that a Republican Easter parade went ahead.

Ms McKee’s partner told Belfast Live that the third anniversary of her death marks the first time family and friends have been able to properly mourn her together.

Friends and family gathered in both Derry and Belfast on Monday at vigils to mark Lyra’s anniversary.

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