Northern Ireland

Three police officers assaulted in south Belfast

A Policing Board report has made a number of recommendations on the strip searching of children by the PSNI (Niall Carson/PA)
A Policing Board report has made a number of recommendations on the strip searching of children by the PSNI (Niall Carson/PA) A Policing Board report has made a number of recommendations on the strip searching of children by the PSNI (Niall Carson/PA)

Three police officers have been assaulted while responding to a call in south Belfast.

One of the officers was bitten during the attack in the Botanic Avenue area on Thursday as they attended the scene of an altercation at around 11.40pm.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "A 30-year old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of common assault and disorderly behaviour.

"While he was being arrested, the man bit a police officer and assaulted another two and was further arrested for assault on police.

"The officers sustained minor injuries.

"The man remains in police custody at this time and enquiries are ongoing."

The spokesperson added that "all assaults and attacks on police officers are totally unacceptable".

"Our officers are working night and day to protect the public and the communities that they serve," she said.

"Assaults should not be tolerated in any instance but they will not deter our officers from continuing their work every day to keep people safe.”