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'Deliberate act' Five PSNI officers injured in Carnlough incident

"This was a deliberate act directed at our officers who were on duty, working to keep people safe," Inspector Bryan said.

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A man has been arrested in Antrim after driving into a police officer and two police vehicles today.

The incident took place in the Bridge Street area of Carnlough, Co. Antrim just before 2am on Tuesday morning when a BMW drove at an officer, who was “dealing with an unrelated matter” at the time.

The car then collided with a police vehicle before reversing into a second, which had been trying to block the BMW in.

Police arrested the driver of the BMW, a 41-year-old man, on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving.

Five PSNI officers were injured during the incident and “significant damage” was caused to both police cars.

Speaking today, Inspector Bryan said: “The officer on foot sustained injuries to his hand and arm, and has been left shaken.

“Four officers within the two vehicles also sustained minor injuries, and significant damage was caused to both police vehicles, along with the BMW.

“This was a deliberate act directed at our officers who were on duty, working to keep people safe.”

Inspector Bryan added that the man “remains in custody at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting reference 761 of 09/11/21.

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