15 January 2006

Police attacked by stone throwers


A police Land Rover was attacked

Police have come under attack from stone throwers in west Belfast.

Officers were sent to the Shaw's Road area at about 2200 GMT on Saturday following reports that up to 30 youths were drinking and annoying residents.

A policeman was injured but not seriously. One man and two youths were arrested.

Police have urged parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children and ensure that they are not being supplied with alcohol.

Police said they had received reports of 20-30 teenagers - aged between around 14 years and 19 years - drinking and causing an annoyance to residents.

A police Land Rover was attacked by stone throwers and, as police arrested a 19-year-old man at Rossnareen Park, a group of around six males in their late teens attempted to pull him from police.

More police vehicles then came under attack from missile throwers at Shaw's Road and Corrib Avenue.

As two other males, aged in their late teens, were being arrested, attempts were again made by about six males to pull them from police.

One officer was assaulted during this incident, but was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police at New Barnsley on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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