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Police officer 'severely bitten' by 'drunk' taxi passenger in Northern Ireland town

The PSNI said three officers were injured during the incident in Magherafelt

Police have said three officers were injured during the incident (stock photo)
Police have said three officers were injured during the incident (stock photo)

A police officer has been hospitalised after allegedly being "severely bitten" by a "drunk" woman in Co Londonderry.

The incident happened during the early hours of Sunday morning on Rainey Street in Magherafelt after officers were flagged down by a concerned taxi driver.

A police officer, posting on Magherfelt PSNI's Facebook page, said the taxi driver had asked them to help because his passenger was "very drunk" and did not know where she lived.

The officers spoke to the woman, who appeared to be half asleep, through the open window.

"Next thing we know, we’re getting met with an onslaught of obscenities as the taxi door is kicked open and the previously sleeping passenger is now anything but," the officer said.

"The subsequent actions of the individual in question left three officers injured with one being hospitalised after being severely bitten. The officer now has an agonising wait on blood test results to confirm whether or not they have not been infected with a virus.

"Disgusting and unacceptable behaviour towards those who were only trying to help, starting with the taxi driver, simply trying to get her home."

The woman is due to appear in court for a range of offences.

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