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Petrol bomb thrown at a PSNI car in Carrickfergus

Published 22/05/2016

A PSNI vehicle was attacked in Carrickfergus in the early hours of Sunday.
A PSNI vehicle was attacked in Carrickfergus in the early hours of Sunday.

A petrol bomb was thrown at a PSNI car in Carrickfergus in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The attack took place at around 1am in the Castlemara Drive area.

PSNI Inspector Mick Wood said no injuries were caused or damage to the vehicle sustained in the attack.

"The petrol bomb was thrown just after 1.05am while police were attending an road traffic collision in the Castlemara Drive area," he said.

"There were no injuries or damage caused however this attack should be condemned.

"The police service belongs to the whole community and police officers are there to serve and protect the whole community.

"A police officer should never come under attack while simply doing their job.

"I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Larne 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."

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop condemned those behind a petrol bomb attack.

"I was shocked to hear that a PSNI vehicle was attacked with a petrol bomb in Carrickfergus this morning," she said.

"My understanding is that officers were responding to a traffic incident before they came under attack.

"This must undoubtedly have been a terrifying situation for those involved. No one should come under attack in this society for simply doing their job.

"Those behind this sinister crime have nothing to offer the people of Antrim.

“I would encourage anyone with any information to contact the police as soon as possible.” 

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