In the early hours of Sunday a petrol bomb was thrown over the perimeter wall of Warrenpoint police station.
Police officers returned from a routine patrol at around 3.30am to find that a petrol bomb had been thrown over the perimeter wall into the yard of the station.
The petrol bomb had smashed and although it failed to ignite it caused minor damage to a vehicle parked in the yard.
Inspector Patterson continued, “We will be viewing footage from the station security cameras but I would also like to appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the police station or who has any information to contact officers in Warrenpoint on 101."
SDLP MLA for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, described the attack as cowardly and an attempt to return south Down to the past.
“This attack represents a very clear attempt by an extreme minority to return south Down to the past. The people of Warrenpoint and south Down have made it unequivocally clear that they reject violence and condemn any attack on our policing service," she said.
"The local community support PSNI officers who work very hard to ensure their safety in often difficult circumstances. It is fortunate that this cowardly attack did not result in any injury or significant damage."