Police attacked by masked gang

Published Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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Police have said two officers "had a lucky escape" after their patrol car was attacked by up to 10 masked men in Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

Police attacked by masked gang
The police patrol car which was attacked by masked men. (© PSNI)

Bricks and paint were thrown at the officers when they responded to a call for assistance in Moygashel Court, shortly before 11.00pm on Tuesday.

After their vehicle was struck, they quickly withdrew from the area and it was later established that the initial call for assistance had been a hoax.

Condemning the attack, Inspector Keith Jamieson said: "The officers were extremely fortunate to have escaped without serious injury or worse.

"The masonry thrown could easily have caused serious injury to the officers or members of the public."

He added: "I would appeal to the community of Moygashel to turn their backs on those who wish to conduct such criminal activity.

"I find it frustrating and disappointing that police were targeted in this way and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about the incident to contact police in Dungannon on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Sarah in Dungannon wrote (113 days ago):
Ohhh these big "men" of moygashel the whole village/town is laughing at you... Wise up!!! Most of these "men" are aged 22+ grow up!!!!
John in Newtownabbey wrote (114 days ago):
This is typical of the depths that society has plummeted to. How many times are PSNI targeted by thugs and terrorists after being set up with a bogus call for help? If we had no PSNI, who would these people want us to call when in trouble, Ghostbusters? Or worse still, themselves?
Fed up with NI in general in Lambeg wrote (114 days ago):
No coincidence that a "man" from Moygashel was jailed yesterday for being caught red handed attacking Police during disorder in Belfast. Good insight into the mind of a loyalist mob....an associate is caught in the act rioting and rightfully convicted so we'll attack the Police too. Makes my blood boil. At least when the Police catch up with this bunch of morons they can be reunited with their wee buddy, courtesy of her Maj.
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