25/10/2004

Officer injured in hammer assault

A police officer has been injured after being struck with a hammer in Co Armagh at the weekend.

The incident occurred after officers were called to the Thomas Street area of Portadown on Sunday after a Portuguese man reported damage to his car.

When officers arrived they saw a man being assaulted in a separate incident nearby. When they went to investigate one policeman was struck on the head with a hammer while trying to stop the man being assaulted.

Two men, aged 28 and 43, were arrested and are to appear before a court in Craigavon on Monday charged with assault, intimidation and criminal damage.

The condition of the injured officer is not yet known.

(MB/GMCG)

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