16/04/2018

Police Attacked With Stones And Petrol Bomb In North Belfast

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a petrol bomb attack on police in north Belfast in the early hours of Sunday 15 April.

Officers were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the Ardoyne Avenue area at around 1am when they came under attack from a crowd of stone throwers. Their vehicle was then struck by a petrol bomb close to Rosapenna Street.
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Inspector Tommy Fairfield said: "Thankfully none of the crew were injured and they were subsequently able to locate the suspicious vehicle and seize it. A 19-year-old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of a range of driving offences.

"It is unacceptable that police officers simply trying to do their job should be attacked however I am pleased with how professionally the crew conducted themselves, continuing to pursue their enquiries and keep people safe in the face of such an attack.

"The arrested male remains in police custody this morning assisting us with our enquiries."

(MH)


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