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PSNI officers ‘head-butted’ detaining hit-and-run suspect in Strabane





Two police officers have been attacked while arresting a suspect hit-and-run driver in Co Tyrone.

It follows a collision which caused a car to crash into two pedestrians and a child in Strabane on Tuesday afternoon.

The white Skoda Octavia crashed into a parked vehicle on Fountain Street at around 4.30pm.

It then shunted into two people, one of whom was holding a child, causing them to sustain minor injuries.

They were treated by paramedics at the scene after the driver fled.

“Police enquiries resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old man on suspicion of a number of offences, including driving when unfit through drink or drug, no insurance and no driving licence,” a PSNI spokesperson has confirmed.

“During the course of arrest, two police officers were assaulted - one officer was head butted and the other officer was struck on the face.

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“The suspect was further arrested for two counts of assault on police.”

Sergeant Johnston added: "Thankfully, both of our officers were able to continue on duty, however, assaults on police are completely unacceptable and should never be tolerated or seen as ‘part of the job’.

"We are continuing with enquiries into this incident, which could have had extremely serious consequences for members of the public.

"The man arrested remains in custody this morning and I'm appealing to anyone who was in the area and witnessed what occurred to get in touch with us. I would also ask anyone who captured what occurred on their dash cam to call us."

Witnesses should call 101, quoting reference number 1286 of 05/07/22.

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