Teen arrested after policeman attacked

Published Wednesday, 01 January 2014
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A PSNI officer has sustained injuries to his face after being attacked with a knife in north Belfast.

Teen arrested after policeman attacked
Banners at the protest camp had been slashed in a previous attack last week (© Presseye)

Police were attending the scene of a disturbance after a youth attempted to slash a banner at a loyalist protest camp on Wednesday afternoon.

They were responding to a report of an altercation between the 16-year-old teenager and members of the public on Twaddell Avenue.

The officer has been taken to hospital after he was assaulted, suffering facial injuries.

Police said he was hurt "by what is believed to be a Stanley type knife".

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The 16-year-old teenager has been arrested for wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the incident.

He is being questioned by police.

"He remains in custody assisting police with their inquiries in connection with the assault and the attempt to damage this banner," a police spokesman said on Wednesday night.

Greater Shankill DUP Councillor Brian Kingston said it is the second attack in a week on banners and flags at the loyalist protest camp.

He said: "Clearly this is a very serious sequence of events. I hope that the police officer will make a full recovery though it is possible that he will be left with a scar.

"It is imperative that the PSNI increase their presence in the area to prevent any further incidents.

"I urge anyone who can assist the police investigation into these and previous incidents to pass on whatever information they have."

The protest camp was set up last July after the Parades Commission placed restrictions on bands returning past the Ardoyne shop fronts on the Twelfth.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Guy in Belfast wrote (112 days ago):
Typical - send the kids to do vandelism.
prodestant liberal in armagh wrote (112 days ago):
I condemn any attack on the psni,should not be tolerated,for the dup to call for more police security at that particular area is ludicrous given that it is an illegal protest and illegal occupation of that plot of council land,why are they allowed to continue this? And why is nobody stating the obvious flouting of the law.society in northern ireland is sick to the teeth with the power the minority hold on our politicians.I call on the dup to grow a set, and the psni to disperse these minority hooligans and let's start getting serious about the rule of the law.
Michael in Shankill Road UK wrote (112 days ago):
Hopefully a long sentence will be handed down for this considering what others have received for playing an instrument.
Séamus O'Bryson in Belfast wrote (113 days ago):
Asking the police to increase their presence in an area where there is a problem is illogical without acknowledging the cause of the problem. Noting that the PSNI have been attacked quite seriously on several occasions in this area, instead of demanding an increase in their presence, decrease the presence of part of the problem - the 'civil rights camp'. I describe this as part of the problem in full acknowledgement that it is likely a nationalist attacked the banners. The police should not have to monitor a situation 24/7 that does not need to be thete.
Michael Monaghan in Belfast wrote (113 days ago):
Get rid of the camp and then no need for police ..
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