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Man arrested in north Belfast after police car is shot at on Christmas Day

Published 26/12/2015

Police were in the Heath Lodge Close area of Belfast when a man shot at police car
Police were in the Heath Lodge Close area of Belfast when a man shot at police car

A man has been arrested in north Belfast following an incident in which a police car is believed to have been shot at on Christmas Day.

Just before 9.40pm on Friday, police received a report of a man being assaulted by another man in the Highfern Gardens area.

Police were in the process of locating the alleged assailant in the Heath Lodge Close area when he came out of a house, pointed a firearm and shot at the police car.

No officers were injured in the incident.

A 46-year-old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder, common assault, threats to kill and possession of a firearm.

He currently remains in custody assisting police with their enquiries. A firearm and ammunition was subsequently recovered following a search.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: "Last night’s incident underlines the risks police officers face 365 days a year working to keep people safe.

"Fortunately the officers in the car weren’t hurt, but we could have been looking at a very different situation this morning.

"I would like to take this opportunity to put on record my appreciation for the courage and professionalism of the officers and would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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