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Police in Carrick attacked with petrol bomb at road collision

A police vehicle came under attack from a petrol bomb in the early hours on Sunday morning
Gareth McKeown

Police have condemned those who threw a petrol bomb at officers attending a road collision in Carrickfergus.

The attack happened at Castlemara Drive at around 1.05am yesterday.

It was the second time a police vehicle has been targeted in Carrickfergus in less than a month, after two officers came under attack from a masked man with a brick in the Pinewood avenue area on May 2.

PSNI Inspector Mick Wood said no-one was injured yesterday but whoever was responsible "should be condemned".

"The police service belongs to the whole community and police officers are there to serve and protect the whole community. A police officer should never come under attack while simply doing their job," he said.

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said she was shocked by the early morning attack.

“This must undoubtedly have been a terrifying situation for those involved. No-one should come under attack in this society for simply doing their job. Those behind this sinister crime have nothing to offer the people of Antrim," she said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Larne Police Station on 101 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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