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Police attacked after Remembrance Sunday church-goers pelted with fireworks

Incident 'negatively taints' Northern Ireland town

Sunday marked the centenary of Armistice Day.
Sunday marked the centenary of Armistice Day.

Remembrance Sunday church-goers were pelted with fireworks and responding police attacked in an incident described as "senseless and shameful".

It happened at a church on Union Street in Magherafelt on Sunday evening. The DUP MLA Keith Buchanan said the incident "tainted the town".

Police said they were attacked as the attended the scene after reports fireworks were thrown at church-goers.

Officers were attacked and their patrol vehicles damaged.

"Last night saw an unfortunate and shameful end to Remembrance Sunday in Magherafelt," police said.

"A band of thoughtless individuals decided that on the 11th of November of all days it would be a poignant tribute to the sacrifices made for our freedoms to throw fireworks at the people of Magherafelt attending a church service," police said.

"Never mind the obvious risk to property and people’s safety the sheer disrespect and thoughtlessness is galling."

The officer added in a Facebook post: "It’s a bitterly disappointing black mark on an otherwise respectfully celebrated day, caused by the smallest minority of people – If that’s your idea of a laugh on a Sunday evening then we don’t really know what to say other than you’ll be seeing a lot of us."

Sunday marked the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Mid Ulster DUP MLA Keith Buchanan condemned the actions of those responsible.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys pay their respects at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade Pacemaker
DUP leader Arlene Foster and Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys pay their respects at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. The Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim Mrs Joan Christie, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Paul Givan and Pat Catney pictured at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. General view of the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Cyril Hawthorne is pictured after laying a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley and Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Carol Walker attends a Service of Remembrance at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Belfast City Council handout photo dated 11/11/18 of a beacon that was lit at Belfast City Hall on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. Over a thousand beacons, symbolising the end of the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace, are being lit across the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice Ulster. Photo credit should read: Matt Mackey/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster and Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys pay their respects at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster laying a poppy wreath at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster and Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys pay their respects at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 There was a large turn out for Remembrance Sunday in Enniskillen. Picture: Ronan McGrade
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. General view of the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 Digintaries laid wreaths at the Remembrance Sunday service in Enniskillen. Picture: Ronan McGrade
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster laying a poppy wreath at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Raymond Corbett, Royal British Legion President at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. General view of the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. General view of the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys laying a laurel wreath at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. The Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim Mrs Joan Christie is pictured laying a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 Ballyreagh Silver Band took part at the Remembrance Sunday service in Enniskillen. Picture: Ronan McGrade
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is pictured laying a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Members of the public at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Mr David Burns at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Councillors pictured at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. General view of the poppy crosses at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson at the Remembrance Service in Lisburn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 A community joined together today at the Royal British LegionÕs Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated. A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial. Cyril Hawthorne is pictured after laying a wreath with members of his family. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
11/11/18 REPRO FREE.. Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council David Jackson pictured witH Councillors during an act of Remembrance in Coleraine, County Londonderry Northern Ireland. Picture Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Pacemaker Press 11/11/2018 The annual Act of Remembrance service at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
11/11/18 REPRO FREE.. On parade to the Cenotaph during an act of Remembrance in Coleraine, County Londonderry Northern Ireland. Picture Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley, Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown and Simon Coveney TD - An Tnaiste - Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley, Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council and Simon Coveney TD - An Tnaiste - Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/11/2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster and Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys pay their respects at the Enniskillen Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ronan McGrade
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th November 2018 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley, pictured at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to all those soldiers from the volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1914-1918 War. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Undated handout photo issued by the There But Not There campaign of a First World War Tommy projected on to Titanic Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice Landmarks. Photo credit should read: There But Not There/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo issued by Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Office of Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story Memorial Armistice Ulster. Photo credit should read: Matt Mackey/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland George Hamilton attends a Service of Remembrance at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of York (centre left)attends a Service of Remembrance at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Office of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley at the Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story Memorial Armistice Ulster. Photo credit should read: Matt Mackey/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The Duke of York (left) is greeted by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson before a Service of Remembrance at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING NAME AND TITLE OF MR MARTIN The Duke of York shakes hands with Archbishop Eamon Martin after a Service of Remembrance at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson talk before a Service of Remembrance at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Belfast City Council handout photo dated 11/11/18 of Belfast City Hall illuminated in red on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 11, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice Ulster. Photo credit should read: Matt Mackey/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

“Throwing fireworks poses obvious risk to people, their safety and property. It is a completely senseless action which offers nothing but upset and fear," he said.

"Individuals involved chose Remembrance Sunday. A day which many from across the community gathered at churches and war memorials to pay their respects.

"The disrespect shown by the culprits is beyond comprehension and negatively taints our town, on an otherwise dignified day."

"Police were also assaulted when they arrived on the scene. This is totally unacceptable behaviour.

"I thank their PSNI for their action so far and I trust those responsible will be held accountable for their despicable actions.”

Three people have been charged and are to appear in court over the incident.

Last night saw an unfortunate and shameful end to Remembrance Sunday in Magherafelt – a band of thoughtless individuals...

Posted by PSNI Magherafelt on Monday, November 12, 2018

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