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Police Officer Injured in Downpatrick

A police officer was injured and a police car damaged following disorder in the Flying Horse Estate in Downpatrick on Friday 9th September.

The officer required hospital treatment for a head injury after being struck by a bottle during the disorder on Friday night which lasted for a number of hours into the early hours of Saturday morning. Masonry, bottles and petrol bombs were thrown at officers and police vehicles by a group of up to 30 young persons, with one car having the front windscreen smashed.

Inspector Steven Weatherald said: “We are aware of the ongoing problem of anti-social behaviour in the estate and are committed to working with other agencies, elected representatives and the community to tackle this problem. This is not something that can be addressed by police alone. Much more can be achieved if everyone in the community works together. Those who are involved in this type of activity may only be a small minority, but they are upsetting their own community by continuing to engage in such behaviour.

Inspector Weatherald is appealing to parents in the area to be aware of where their children are, and what they are up to: “The behaviour of your child may be making the life of your neighbour, or another member of your community, almost unbearable. We all bear a responsibility to work together and make this community a safer place in which to live, and those who hold positions of responsibility and influence are asked to help.

“Officers will continue to provide a visible policing presence in the estate and I would encourage you to report any and all incidents of anti-social behaviour in your community. The more we know, the more we can do to support people and take positive action. You can contact officers in Downpatrick on the non-emergency number 101.”

ENDS

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