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Officer hurt in attack

A policewoman has been injured after being struck on the back of the head with a brick in Newtownabbey.

The neighbourhood officer was responding to a call about a group of young people in the Glenabbey Drive area at about 4pm on Wednesday.

When officers arrived the young people left and a female officer was struck by a brick which was thrown from the viaduct.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Paula Hilman described the incident as “unacceptable”.

She appealed for help: “I would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact us.

“I would also ask for the continued support of the community in tackling this type of behaviour and helping us address anti-social behaviour.”

Newtownabbey Alliance council group leader Tom Campbell condemned the incident. “It is shocking to think that someone could bring themselves to do something like this. I want to send my best wishes to the police officer injured in this incident,” he said.

“Police officers protect the community and they should be allowed to get on with their important job without facing despicable events of this nature. Attacks on police hurt the community because they divert police officers from their work to safeguard the public.”

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