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PSNI arrest man after shots fired at police car in Belfast

Published 26/12/2015

A man has been arrested in north Belfast after shots were fired at a police car on Christmas night
A man has been arrested in north Belfast after shots were fired at a police car on Christmas night

A man has been arrested after a police car was shot at in Belfast on Christmas night.

Officers were responding to reports of an assault in Highfern Gardens in the north of the city at just before 9.40pm and were searching Heath Lodge Close for a suspect.

A man came out of a house, pointed a firearm and shot at the police car, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

No officers were injured and a gun and ammunition were recovered from the scene, the PSNI added.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, common assault, threats to kill and possession of a firearm. He remains in custody.

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."

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at Musgrave police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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