Northern Ireland

Police officer struck on head after firearm stolen in Co Down

The police officer was struck on head a number of times
The police officer was struck on head a number of times

A POLICE officer was struck on the head a number of times after a firearm was stolen in Co Down.

The burglary happened at a property in Dromore on Thursday sometime between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Police said a gun cabinet, which contained the weapon, items of jewellery and medication were stolen.

A PSNI spokeswoman said an officer was injured as police arrested a man in connection with the burglary.

"Initial enquiries were conducted and a man, aged in his thirties, was arrested a short time later," she said.

"He remains in custody at this time, assisting with enquiries in relation to a number of offences, including possession of controlled drugs

"During the course of the arrest, the suspect struck a police officer to the head a number of times.

"Thankfully, the officer has not reported any serious injuries as a result of this but once again, we have seen another unacceptable attack on a police officer who was simply doing their job.

"Our investigation remains ongoing and I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact us on 101."