ATM THEFT: MURDER PROBE OVER HIT-AND-RUN ON PSNI OFFICER

Police in Newry appealing about a hit and run on a PSNI officer

Police in Newry appealing about a hit and run on a PSNI officer

POLICE are treating as attempted the murder a hit-and-run attack on officer in south Armagh.

The collision, involving a low loader vehicle, happened on Mullaghduff Road as he was investigating the theft of an ATM cash machine near Newry this morning.

The PSNI say the¬†lorry was “driven at speed directly at the officer”

He was then was pinned between it and a police vehicle.

The lorry then sped off from the scene.

As a result of the incident, police launched a murder bid inquiry and circulated details of the lorry.

They said the officer is still undergoing medical assessment, but although “his injuries are serious, at this stage, they are not thought to be life-threatening”.

Police said the officer’s colleagues provided emergency first aid and that the PSNI helicopter was used to transport the officer to hospital in Belfast.

They said the officer was struck after police “encountered a suspicious lorry transporting a car”.

Police were on alert after a digger was used to rip an ATM machine out of garage forecourt on Newry’s Camlough Road.

The incident happened as he left the police vehicle to speak to the driver of the vehicle.

PSNI Supt Simon Walls said: “From the accounts of those at the scene, this appears to have been a deliberate act and as such we will be treating this incident as the attempted murder of a police officer.”

Police said the lorry is described as a low loader with a white cab – a yellow bumper, a red body and carrying a white or silver vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident asked to ring detectives at Ardmore PSNI station on the 101 number..

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