18/09/2006

Eleven officers injured during disturbances

Eleven police officers have been injured following disturbances in north Belfast yesterday evening.

The incident happened at around 7pm, when a stolen car was in collision with a police Land Rover in the New Lodge Road area of the city.

Four police officers were injured.

A crowd of around 150 people then gathered at the scene and proceeded to attack the police, throwing the contents of a builders skip at them.

Police used CS spray during the incident, however seven officers were injured, including a policewoman who sustained cuts to her face by broken glass, and a policeman who suffered an abdominal injury.

Both were treated in hospital for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

One man was arrested.

Sinn Fein councillor Caral Ni Chuilin, described the PSNI's behaviour as “provocative” and added that she was questioning their tactics during the operation.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Gary White said that officers had come under attack while waiting for an ambulance to arrive to tend to an injured man and added that it is “extremely worrying” when police are attacked when trying to do their job.

(EF)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

12 March 2020
£40k Cannabis Seized In Paramilitary Probe
A man has been arrested and cannabis worth £40,000 seized after two parcels destined for an address in Northern Ireland were intercepted. Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force made the arrest amid a probe into the activities of the east Belfast UVF.
10 March 2020
Man Escapes Injury In Co Antrim Shooting
A man aged in his 40s has escaped injury after a shot was fired at his Co Antrim home. Police are appealing for information following the incident in the Orkney Drive area of Ballymena early on Monday morning, 09 March. A shot was fired at the house shortly after midnight, causing damage to a front window.
12 March 2020
Co Down Man Fights Off Hijackers
A driver has been left shaken after he was pulled from his car during an attempted vehicle hijacking in Downpatrick. The victim managed to stop two males making off in his red Vauxhall Corsa when he was targeted in the Annacloy Road area on Tuesday evening, 10 March.
19 March 2020
Man Shot In The Leg In L'Derry
A man in his 30s has been shot in the leg in L'Derry. Police say the incident in the Magowan Park area of Creggan on Wednesday night, 18 March, has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary-style attack. The victim has been taken to hospital for treatment.
19 March 2020
Masked Gang Assault Man With Machete
A gang of five masked men wielding a machete have assaulted a 24 year-old male during an incident in Ballymena. The victim was left with head injuries following the suspected paramilitary-style assault on Wednesday night, 18 March. The gang forced their way into an apartment on Casement Street at around 11.