22/05/2006

Stone throwers attack police during Newry parade

Police in County Down have been attacked by stone throwers during a legal notified parade in the Camlough area of Newry.

The incident happened at around 4pm yesterday, during a republican march to commemorate the ten men who died during the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze prison in Belfast.

It is understood that police were directing traffic in order to facilitate the parade, when they came under attack by a 30-strong gang.

The crowd confronted a police vehicle and tried to prevent it from moving, before proceeding to thrown stones at officers.

No one was injured during the incident and police are currently undergoing an investigation to identify those involved.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attack or who may know the identity of anyone involved in it, are urged to contact police in Newry on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF/GB)

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