An attempt by police to stop a stolen vehicle near Warrenpoint last night resulted in minor injuries to five police officers when the vehicle collided with two police vehicles.

At approximately 8.40pm last night 15 January, Police received a report that a car had been stolen from premises in the Castlewellan Road area of Newcastle.

Police responded to the call and set up a vehicle check point on the Moygannon Road, Warrenpoint. Police attempted to stop the stolen vehicle at a vehicle checkpoint, however the driver failed to stop and collided with two police vehicles resulting in minor injuries to five officers. The road was closed for a time.

Two police vehicles were also damaged in the incident, one of them extensively.

Police have arrested a 29 year old man on suspicion of a number of offences including aggravated taking and driving away, dangerous driving, and possession of an offensive weapon. He is currently in police custody.

Inspector Nigel Henry said: “This was excellent work from our officers and a prime example of police working to keep the community safe. I would ask anyone who has any information about crime of any sort to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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