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The van collided with the police vehicle, lifting it off the ground

The van collided with the police vehicle, lifting it off the ground

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The van collided with the police vehicle, lifting it off the ground

A man has been charged with a number of offences after four PSNI officers were injured when their vehicles were rammed in south Armagh.

Police on patrol on Finnegans Road, Jonesborough, were alerted to a silver-coloured Ford Transit van at around 11.45pm on Monday, August 17.

The van rammed the first police vehicle, forcing it off the road, and two officers sustained minor injuries.

As the van continued, officers in another police vehicle tried to stop it, and the van collided with the second police vehicle, lifting it off the ground, and a further two officers were injured.

Police have charged a 31-year-old man with a number of offences including dangerous driving. He is due to appear before Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday, September 9.

Superintendent Jane Humphries, district commander of Newry, Mourne and Down, said: “Unfortunately, due to the nature of the injuries sustained by our officers, they have been unable to return to duty today.

“We have also had to take two police vehicles off the road so they can be examined for roadworthiness, which affects our service delivery.

“There is also the impact in terms of our officers and their welfare, as well as the cost of repairs to the vehicles, which is substantial.”

The PSNI has issued an appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who captured footage, to contact police on 101, quoting reference CW 2343 17/08/20.

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