NIE worker threatened in Londonderry

Undated handout photo issued by Northern Ireland Electricity of NIE emergency crews repairing the electricity network near Ballyclare, as some 5,000 homes and businesses are without power after severe gales battered parts of Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 15, 2015. Gusts of around 70 miles-an-hour and flying debris ripped down power lines, electricity poles and trees, leaving some roads impassable. See PA story WEATHER Winter Ulster. Photo credit should read: Northern Ireland Electricity/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Northern Ireland Electricity of NIE emergency crews repairing the electricity network near Ballyclare, as some 5,000 homes and businesses are without power after severe gales battered parts of Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 15, 2015. Gusts of around 70 miles-an-hour and flying debris ripped down power lines, electricity poles and trees, leaving some roads impassable. See PA story WEATHER Winter Ulster. Photo credit should read: Northern Ireland Electricity/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Northern Ireland Electricity says a worker was threatened by masked men in Londonderry on Wednesday evening and ordered to take a suspect package to a police station.

He was carrying out repairs at Linsfort Drive in Creggan when the incident happened at around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

The NIE worker managed to run away and his van was found burnt out a short time later.

Twenty homes were left without power in the area.

An NIE spokesperson said the worker was ordered to take a suspect package to Strand Road police station.

“During an investigation into a fault on the underground electricity network in the Creggan area last night, an NIE emergency worker was approached and asked to take a suspect package to a local police station,” he said.

“The worker managed to escape the scene but his vehicle was set alight.”