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Police officers injured during mass brawl in Co Antrim town

A number of police officers were injured after a mass brawl broke out in Co Antrim.

Police were called to a disturbance in the Ballyclare area at around 3am on Sunday morning.

Officers attended and found that around 50 people had gathered on Main Street in the town and that fighting had broken out amongst them.

Following the arrest of a 23-year-old man on suspicion of a number of offences including being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs, assaulting police and criminal damage, the crowd became hostile towards police.

CS spray was then used to restrain a 36-year-old man who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour.  He was released, pending report.

Inspector Alison Ferguson said: “I would appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened last night to get in touch with police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 290 of 13/5/18. 

"Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“A number of police officers received minor injuries during the incident.”

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