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Officer was 'lucky not to lose eye' in attack

By Cate McCurry

Published 12/01/2016

A police officer was lucky not to lose his left eye after he was attacked in Co Armagh, the PSNI has said
A police officer was lucky not to lose his left eye after he was attacked in Co Armagh, the PSNI has said

A police officer was lucky not to lose his left eye after he was attacked in Co Armagh, the PSNI has said.

The male officer suffered deep lacerations just millimetres from his eye during the Friday night incident in Lurgan.

Police said a man and woman, both aged 18, were arrested following the Mourne Road attack. They were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

The PSNI released the image as it emerged that two police officers are attacked every day.

It is understood police were dealing with reports a 20-year-old man had been assaulted and a woman was stealing a car.

The PSNI in Craigavon posted a photo of the injuries saying that it was fortunate the officer still had his eyesight intact. "This officer is fortunate to still have his eyesight intact," the PSNI said.

"He continued on duty, and was back in yesterday to help keep Lurgan safe. This is the reality of policing sometimes, but it will take more than that to put us off."

The Police Federation yesterday revealed that from April to June last year there were:

•145 assaults on officers;

•14 incidents of officers exposed to explosions; and

•22 incidents of officers struck by objects.

Police Federation chairman Mark Lindsay called for tougher sentences for those convicted of attacks on PSNI officers.

He said: "We would like to see the courts taking a stronger tone against people who assault police officers. We would like to see some of the sentences handed out increased to show the severity of what they are doing. Police officers sometimes feel that courts don't take cognisance of the injuries."

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