Published Tuesday, 18 February 2014
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