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MP hits out at 'cowardly' petrol bomb attack on Co Down police station

By Chris Kilpatrick

A petrol bomb attack on a police station has been condemned as reckless and cowardly.

Officers from the Warrenpoint station in Co Down who were out on patrol in the early hours of yesterday discovered the device when they returned around 3.30am.

The petrol bomb was thrown over the perimeter wall into the station yard but failed to ignite.

Inspector Colin Patterson said some minor damage had been caused by the device to a vehicle parked in the yard. "We will be viewing footage from the station security cameras, but I would also like to appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the police station or who has any information to contact officers in Warrenpoint on 101," he added.

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, described the attack as cowardly.

"This attack represents a very clear attempt by an extreme minority to return south Down to the past," she said.

"The people of Warrenpoint and South Down have made it unequivocally clear that they reject violence and condemn any attack on our policing service.

"The local community support PSNI officers who work very hard to ensure their safety in often difficult circumstances.

"It is fortunate that this cowardly attack did not result in any injury or significant damage.

"While the PSNI are working hard to locate the perpetrators, we would urge anyone with any information relating to the incident or who noticed anything suspicious in the area at the time to contact police."

SDLP councillor Michael Corr said he did not believe the attack was carried out by dissident republican terrorists.

He said it may have been anti-social behaviour.

"I think it was an isolated incident," he said, adding that there had also been anti-policing graffiti appearing in parts of the town.

"I deplore the attack, it shouldn't happen," he added.

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