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PSNI in Newry attacked by youths throwing stones as they respond to call

Police in Newry came under attack by children as young as 12 while responding to a concern for safety.

Police were called out to the Carnlough Road roundabout/Newry train station area on Sunday.

The TSG (Tactical Support Group) unit as well as crews from Newtownhamilton, Kilkeel, Warrenpoint and Armagh were all utilised as a result of the serious phone call.

Writing on their Facebook page, PSNI Newry and Mourne said "Whilst fully engaged with this call a TSG crew came under attack by children as young as 12 from the Park Head Estate in Newry who thought it would be fun to throw large pieces of masonry.

"In addition to the obvious danger of a brick hitting a police officer on the head, this type of behaviour today only frustrated our efforts in dealing with the original call."

The PSNI stated: "This is totally unacceptable, dangerous and completely pointless."

"Thank you to all those parents who had control of their children and knew of their whereabouts.

"To the parents of the children involved in Sunday's antics we would appreciate if you were able to educate your little darlings on the rights and wrongs of society as well as the dangers it possess to passing motorists."

"In respect of the original incident we were able to bring this to a successful conclusion. A further thank you to all additional resources from outside the district who assisted in this," they added.

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