Page last updated at 08:38 GMT, Thursday, 11 December 2008

Gritters withdrawn after attacks

A gritter prepares to take to the roads
The evening gritting service has been withdrawn from Ballymagroarty

The Roads Service has withdrawn its evening gritting service from a Londonderry estate after stones were thrown at its lorries.

Gritters will now be sent out in Ballymagroarty in the early morning.

Garry Matthewson, the headmaster of Holy Family Primary School in Ballymagroarty, said he was shocked.

"The gritting process is vital - the weather in this last period has been very, very cold, very icy and dangerous," he said.

"During periods like this, as a school, we would warn children of the dangers of vehicles not being able to stop quickly.

"And if we have a reduced gritting service, then we would be very concerned as that creates a serious danger for children and all road users."

In a statement, the Roads Service said they will meet with community representatives and the police next week to discuss the problem.

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