Belfast Telegraph

Police officer hit by brick

A policeman has been hit in the face with a brick as his patrol responded to disturbances involving groups of youths in east Belfast.

The missile smashed the window of his vehicle on Saturday night at Grand Parade.

Officers attended because groups of youths were throwing stones at each other, with some hitting passing cars.

The policeman was treated for a non-life-threatening facial injury, according to the PSNI.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gillis said: "In responding to this call about anti-social behaviour, one of my officers has been injured, requiring hospital treatment.

"I would say to young people in the area that they should be very aware of the potential danger that they are putting other people in.

"They might think that it is just fooling around, but they should know that we are taking the incident seriously and a criminal record is a distinct possibility for anyone involved."

Mr Gillis also appealed to parents to warn their children about the consequences of getting caught up in criminal behaviour.

"Police will enforce the law when criminal or anti-social behaviour is detected and a criminal record seriously affects life choices, including employment choices, travel options and future education," he said.

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