Northern Ireland

Man arrested over attempted murder of three police officers

A police car was rammed during the incident (PA)
A police car was rammed during the incident (PA) A police car was rammed during the incident (PA)

A man has been arrested in an investigation into the attempted murder of three police officers.

Police have said a red Vauxhall Vectra car was driven at an officer and then rammed a stationary police car during the incident in Ballymena on Thursday night.

They said a 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of three police officers, aggravated vehicle taking, criminal damage and dangerous driving.

Police said the officers had been responding to a disturbance at a house on Rathkeel Road at around 11.35pm on Thursday.

They said the car was driven directly at one of the officers outside the home, forcing him to jump out of the way of the approaching vehicle, before ramming a stationary police vehicle, with the force of the collision causing the police car to strike an officer nearby and forcing another officer to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle.

They said the suspect continued in the direction of Broughshane, losing a tyre on the way, which struck another car travelling along the same road.

The car was pursued, and a stinger device was used before the vehicle collided with the fence of a house on Whinsmoor Road and stopped.

Chief Inspector Adrian Bryan said that despite being injured all three of the officers involved remained on duty for the remainder of the night.

“The work police officers do to keep people safe and protect the public should never be taken for granted,” he said.