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Police officer headbutted during Keady arrests

A police officer who had raced to the scene of a house robbery in Keady last Wednesday night was headbutted as he attempted to arrest one of two men accosted at the property.

PSNI in Armagh surrounded the property on Market Street after receiving a call shortly after midnight on Wednesday 22nd November that the house was being broken into.   Four police crews made their way to the scene cornering two suspects.  Both men were arrested – one for robbery, breach of court bail and criminal damage.

The second man was arrested for robbery, three counts of criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, disorderly behaviour and assault, after he headbutted one of the arresting officers.

It is understood, the suspect is also wanted for recall to prison after his licence was revoked.

Police confirmed that the property owner was hurt during the robbery but that his injuries were “not serious”.

Posting on the PSNI Armagh Facebook page, the officers and householders were praised for their quick response and a warning was issued for anyone considering such a crime.

“Robbery is a terrifying ordeal for anyone, and something we will not tolerate in our district,” posted the PSNI in Armagh.

“The victim and witnesses involved conducted themselves in a superb manner and were fit to give us all the details required to find these particularly nasty pieces of work and put them where they belong.

“With the breach and recall offences, the next stop for both will be court.

“This is a timely reminder of how vital timely and accurate information is. Phone us IMMEDIATELY if you think something like this is going on, and remember things like vehicle details; make, model, registration, as well as clothing descriptions, age, height, build, and direction of travel.”

The men , aged 24 and 28, appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 23 November.  As is normal procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.