News headlines from the 'This Week' radio programme give an indication of increased tension in Northern Ireland

There are reactions to disturbances in Derry and reports of bomb damage to waterworks and electricity pylons.

In April 1969, violence was sparked in Derry by the banning of a march from Burntollet Bridge to Derry. Burntollet had been the site of Protestant extremist attacks on a civil rights march several months earlier in January. This event had highlighted to the civil rights campaign the failure of the government to stand up to militant Loyalist extremists.