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PSNI patrol car damaged after Co Tyrone attack

Police said the vehicle will be off the road for repairs and unable to respond to emergency incidents

POLICE officers came under attack in Co Tyrone during a routine patrol.

They were targeted by a "group of individuals" in the Ballygawley Road area of Dungannon who threw "bricks and other objects" at their patrol vehicle late on Thursday night.

Police said: "At a time when social distancing and staying at home to save lives is critical to the community, this attack means the vehicle will be off the road for repairs and unable to respond to emergency incidents."

The officers were uninjured.

UUP assembly member Rosemary Barton condemned the attack as "an absolutely despicable, deliberate act of violence against our police officers".

"They are working within our communities to make it a safe place for everyone to live in, particularly when the country is facing such a health crisis," she said.

"The actions of the individuals responsible must not be tolerated in our society and they should meet the full vigour of the law, particularly now when social distancing and other restrictions are in place to preserve public health.

"I am thankful however, that while the police vehicle was badly damaged, the police officers were not injured."

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