Police attending sudden death attacked

Published Tuesday, 18 February 2014
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Police attending the scene of a sudden death in Strabane, Co Tyrone have hit out at the "mindless young people" who attacked their vehicles.

Police attending sudden death attacked
Police said attacks on their vehicles will force them to use Land Rovers. (© UTV)

A number of youths threw stones at their cars while at the scene of the death at the Ballycolman Estate on Monday shortly after 3pm.

A police officer said, given the sensitivities involved, they arrived in their more discreet police cars rather than the heavily armoured and noisy Land Rovers.

The officer said that the youths who attacked their vehicles were "well aware" of the issue police were dealing with and that they "refused to desist their behaviour".

Writing on the PSNI's Strabane Facebook page, the officer said: "Due to the sensitivities and emotions involved with these matters there are a lot of factors for police to consider.

"We attended this call in police cars rather than the more protected and less aesthetically pleasing Land Rovers.

"Unfortunately, as we attempted to deal with this sensitive matter a number of mindless young people decided to attack the police vehicles present.

"These young people were well aware of the issue being dealt with but refused to desist from their behaviour."

The officer added: "Whilst we are trying to reduce the use of the Land Rover in dealing with calls, and I appreciate they can be quite noisy when driving around estates, it is behaviour like this that forces the police to use these heavy vehicles as they are less easily damaged."

SDLP Councillor Patsy Kelly has described the attack as "disgraceful" and said that it made a difficult situation more traumatic for the family involved.

"I firstly want to express my condolences to those who are grieving at the loss of a close family member. This is a difficult time and has not been made easier by what happened yesterday evening.

"This was a senseless attack on police officers while they try to deal with a very difficult and emotional situation while supporting a family in grief. Those responsible have only added to the trauma of the family involved and should be ashamed of themselves."

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Janet in Downpatrick wrote (279 days ago):
Thoughts are with the family who are grieving. Whats wrong with some of the youth of today, do they not have a heart, I dont understand that given the fact they knew of the reason for police attending the estate how they didnt think about the grief a family was going through at that time, where's the respect?
ivan in Portstewart wrote (280 days ago):
Hope the PSNI camera was rolling and we see same justice as the flag people got in Belfast,very surprised if we ever see it.different law..
D in Beal Feirste wrote (281 days ago):
At the end of the day these people should be punished - the judicial system here in NI is ridiculous and they are not deterring people from breaking the law by handing down laughable sentences!!!
teach them to respect people in belfast wrote (281 days ago):
if the police give them a clout for attacking them we would have all the good doers of the day on here moaning, when I was a young lad if I had attacked the police or given them cheek my dad would have thumped me, now a days these youths have no respect for anyone.
Lisburn resident in Lisburn wrote (281 days ago):
With no deterrent this type of abhorrent behaviour will only continue.
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