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Police officers escape injury after vehicle rammed in Forkhill

They did not sustain any serious injuries but were left 'badly shaken'

Two police officers have escaped serious injury after their vehicle was rammed in Forkhill last night (Tuesday).

It happened around 9:35pm when officers on patrol in the Carrickasticken Road area attempted to stop a car.

The car then rammed into the police vehicle before the driver exited and made off on foot in the direction of the border.

The passenger of the vehicle was injured during the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Two officers suffered minor injuries, with one receiving neck and back injuries. They did not sustain any serious injuries but were left “badly shaken”.

Newry, Mourne & Down District Commander, Superintendent Norman Haslett says that enquiries are ongoing to identify the driver.

He commented: “Repairs will need to be carried out to our response vehicle before it can be used again. An investigation is now underway.

“Our officers are here to help, and respond to calls everyday assisting people. Assaults on emergency workers are unacceptable, and must not be tolerated as simply being ‘part of the job’.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist us with our enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference 2036 of 12/12/23.”

Alternatively, a report can be made using the online reporting form. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

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