Police officers injured during mass brawl involving up to 50 people in town

TWO men have been arrested a mass brawl in the early hours of this morning in a Co Antrim town.

Police say officers attended a disturbance in the Ballyclare area  just after 3 am this morning, Sunday 13 May.

Inspector Alison Ferguson said: “Officers attended and found that around 50 people had gathered on Main Street in the town and that fighting had broken out amongst them.

“Following the arrest of a 23 year old man on suspicion of a number of offences including being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs, assaulting police and criminal damage, the crowd became hostile towards police.

“CS spray was then used to restrain a 36 year old man who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour.

“He was released, pending report. The 23 year old remains in custody, helping us with our enquiries.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened last night to get in touch with police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 290 of 13/5/18.

“Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“A number of police officers received minor injuries during the incident.”

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