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Man (46) held over shots fired at police

By Alexander Britton

Published 28/12/2015

A man has been arrested after a police car was shot at in Belfast on Christmas night
A man has been arrested after a police car was shot at in Belfast on Christmas night

A man has been arrested after a police car was shot at in Belfast on Christmas night.

Officers were responding to reports of an assault in Highfern Gardens in the north of the city just before 9.40pm and were searching Heath Lodge Close for a suspect.

A man came out of a house, pointed a gun and fired shots at the police car, the PSNI said.

No officers were injured and a gun and ammunition were recovered from the scene, the PSNI added.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, common assault, threats to kill and possession of a firearm. He remains in custody.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the situation could have been much worse.

"This incident underlines the risks police officers face 365 days a year working to keep people safe," he added. "Fortunately, the officers in the car weren't hurt, but we could have been looking at a very different situation."

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