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WPC injured in Ardoyne has no lasting damage, say doctors

Doctors have told a police officer who was injured by a concrete block during Ardoyne rioting last week will have no permanent damage.

The officer was badly hurt when a rioter dropped the slab on her head from a roof top.

Images of her being struck down and carried to an ambulance have been beamed across the world.

The officer named only as ‘Samantha’ is now recovering at home and is being cared for by her mother.

She is still wearing a neck brace but has been told she has no permanent neck or back damage.

Doctors say her recovery has been helped because of her high fitness level.

A family source confirmed the officer remains very tired, is tentatively walking but is still in pain.

Described as a very outgoing and brave policewoman by those who know her, she is said to have been “quieter than normal” since her ordeal.

The officer joined the police in her early 20s after declaring to her father when she was aged 15 that she wanted to be a police officer.

She worked for several years in an Ards Peninsula unit.

Family friend and Strangford MP Jim Shannon yesterday paid tribute to the officer, describing her as “courageous woman”.

He said: “I know the family personally. The officer served here locally for several years. News of what happened has shocked everyone.

“She could have been killed by these young thugs. They committed attempted murder. I hope they catch the perpetrators soon and lock them away for a very, very long time.

“I would like to send my best wishes to the officer and her whole family,” he added.

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