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Police officer injured after patrol car rammed

The car was rammed in the harbour area of Carnlough

A POLICE officer was injured and his car nearly forced into the water after being rammed.

The incident happened at about 1am on Friday when the on-duty officer was on a "proactive patrol" of the High Street and harbour areas of Carnlough in Co Antrim.

He noticed a suspicious vehicle - a silver Jeep - and parked his unmarked police car in front of it.

As he was attempting to get out of his vehicle, it was rammed by the Jeep and almost pushed into the water, police said.

The Jeep then made off at speed.

"The officer immediately followed the suspect car but was forced to abandon his efforts due to the extensive damage that had been caused to the police vehicle," Inspector Peter Duncan said.

"The Jeep was later found abandoned and has been seized for forensic examination. The injured officer sustained bruising and whiplash type injuries but continued with the rest of his shift.

"I would commend the officer concerned for both his bravery and resilience and wish him a speedy recovery."

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