Commenting on the planned eviction of a family from a house on Great James Street in Derry City centre today Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper who was at the scene said
“We have serious concerns about the way this planned eviction was handled. It was a very stressful situation for the family involved.
“The whole policing operation was over the top. The street, which is a main arterial route into the city centre, was blocked for several hours with police vehicles.
“It is very clear there are far better ways to resolve issues around housing before it gets to these extremes and that is what we will be pursuing with the resident, landlord and appropriate authorities.