Police in Northern Ireland are considering using security fencing to divide two "warring factions" of sectarian gangs.

Last year, clashes between the groups, in Londonderry, garnered 24 complaints to the police, forcing the council to consider erecting security fencing, the Londonderry Sentinel reports.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) reported that gangs of up to 40 were congregating in several areas of the city, appearing to be meeting up for pre-arranged fights.

It is believed there have also been many more incidents that have not been reported to the police.

Derry City Council has since met with the Community Safety Partnership and the PSNI to resolve the situation.

Tomorrow (Friday March 4th), the council's Environmental Services Committee will decide whether to give the go-ahead for palisade security fencing to be installed at the edge of Gelvin Grange Road, more fencing along Irish Street, and metal gates to restrict access to Clondermot Park.

Last year, security bollards were installed outside Strand Road police station in Londonderry to protect it against attacks from dissident republicans.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800441644-ADNFCR