Police attacked amid Strabane alert

Published Tuesday, 08 July 2014
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Police came under attack as they attended an overnight security alert in Strabane.

Police attacked amid Strabane alert
Paintbombs were thrown during the trouble. (© UTV)

Paint bombs and masonry were thrown at officers responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the Ballycolman Estate area of the Co Tyrone town on Monday evening. No-one was injured.

A number of homes had to be evacuated overnight during the operation.

Police said two controlled explosions were carried out at the scene but the alert has now ended after nothing untoward was discovered.

A spokesperson added: "The security alert at the Ballycolman Estate, Strabane area has now ended.

"Army bomb squad officers have finished at the scene and a suspicious vehicle located in the area has been declared nothing untoward. A number of paint bombs and masonry were thrown at police during the operation, but no one is believed to have been injured."

Local SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly condemned those responsible and urged anyone with further information on the incident to come forward to the PSNI.

He continued: "This was a major security alert which caused serious disruption for up to 20 families.

"From what I understand a car with false number plates had been abandoned in the area, close to the pharmacy, and had been left there for several days.

"I condemn whoever is responsible for leaving the car there because they gave no regard for the impact of their reckless actions on the lives of local people."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Scundered in Limavady wrote (208 days ago):
Why does rent a mob have to turn out every time the police are static in these areas for any period of time. They are only doing their job and i'm sure they don't want to be there any longer than necessary. Those engaged in rioting have been taught by their elders and have no respect for authority of any kind. No future no hope!
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