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Police officers attacked by gang of 30 drunken youths during Portadown disturbance

By Mark Edwards

Police officers came under attack and a police car window was smashed during disturbances in Portadown.

The incident occurred when around 30 youths gathered drinking in the Garvaghy Gardens area on Friday night.

Police were called to the scene when elderly residents became alarmed after bottles were smashed on the ground.

A PSNI officer, posting on the force's Craigavon Facebook page, said: "The Portadown Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) were the first on scene and, whilst elderly residents watched from their gardens, they came under attack from the crowd who threw bricks and bottles.

"Our guys did what they do, and stood between the innocent members of the community and those who sought to bring violence to the streets.

"Stones and bottles landed on the road, covering it with broken glass, and narrowly missed several of our neighbourhood officers.

The officer added: "As the guys were dealing with that, Portadown's top coward struck, smashing the back windscreen of one of our vehicles before scurrying off towards Garvaghy Park."

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact police on 101 mentioning reference number 1125 of 31/08/18.

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