Six police officers injured in vehicle ramming incidents

January 2, 2017

SIX police officers were injured in two separate cross-border vehicle ramming incidents which took place in the Crossmaglen area shortly before Christmas.

The incidents happened in the early hours of Sunday December 18th, with the first collision occurring around 3.30am in Crossmaglen.

PSNI officers working in partnership with gardaí had been alerted to a vehicle that had crossed the border on its way towards Crossmaglen. The white Citroen Berlingo van was found in the Lismore area by police but before the driver could be spoken to, the police vehicle was rammed along with a taxi bus before the van made off from the scene.

Two officers were injured as a result of the incident.

Shortly after 5am two other police cars providing assistance to officers carrying out inquiries into the earlier collision in Lismore were rammed by a dark coloured Audi A6 which police had signalled to stop as it travelled along the Dundalk Road towards Crossmaglen. Four officers were injured.

According to Sergeant Sam Hoey, the two incidents resulted in six officers being off work with their injuries and three police vehicles being taken off the road.

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon said her party absolutely condemned any such behaviour towards the police and added that anyone with information should contact the PSNI.

The Executive Junior Minister said: “If officers have difficulty carrying out their job because of these type of  assaults then it is the public who suffer and are put at risk. This community does not wish to see this type of situation.

“The Police Service should be allowed to serve the community and to investigate crime without the fear of being attacked.”

She added: “This operation was part of a joint cross border policing operation focused on those driving under the influence of drink or drugs and those involved in what can only be best described as the ‘death drivers’ activities.

”I am told that one vehicle involved drove through a Gardai Vehicle Checkpoint and continued to travel north to where it rammed through the PSNI Checkpoint before making its escape.”

Police continue to appeal to anyone with any information which could assist them in tracing the drivers of the vehicles used in the attacks to contact police in Ardmore on 101