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Assaults on police up

North and south Belfast are the worst areas in Northern Ireland for assaults on police officers.

There have already been 373 assaults on officers in north Belfast in the year 2009/2010 while the figure for south Belfast is 311.

The figures were given in a written answer from Justice Minister David Forde to the chairman of the Assembly Justice Committee Lord Morrow.

Lord Morrow said he was appalled at the number of assaults against the PSNI over the last three years, and that the continued increase is of major concern.

He was speaking after receiving learning that a total of 2912 officers were assaulted in the years 2007/08, climbing to 2940 in 2008/09 and then jumping to 3289 for 2009/10.

“What I am most concerned about is the significant increase in this year’s figure, and we are only halfway through 2010,” he said.

Castlereagh is amongst the lowest with 30 and the figure has been dropping by three a year since 2009/08. The area of lowest assaults was Ballymoney with 27.

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