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A PSNI Officer from a Local Policing Team carrying out follow up enquiries in South Armagh, linked to the overnight theft of an ATM at Gregory's Filling Station was struck by a lorry earlier today.

The officer’s colleagues rushed to help him, providing emergency first aid. The PSNI helicopter was then used to transport the officer to hospital in Belfast.

 The constable is still undergoing medical assessment however we understand that while his injuries are serious, at this stage, they are not thought to be life threatening.

The injured officer was investigating the theft of and ATM machine from this Filling Station when he was struck. Photograph: NewRayPics
The injured officer was investigating the theft of and ATM machine from this Filling Station when he was struck. Photograph: NewRayPics

Superintendent Simon Walls said: “Police were travelling along the Mullaghduff Road, Cullyhanna earlier today when they encountered a suspicious lorry transporting a car. As one of the officers exited the police vehicle to speak to the driver, the lorry was driven at speed directly at the officer, striking him and pinning him between the lorry and a police patrol vehicle. The lorry then fled the scene.

Superintendent Walls also added "I am sure the local community in south Armagh will join us in condemning this callous incident and in wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.

"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.

"We are keen to locate the driver and the lorry involved, described as low loader with a white cab, a yellow bumper, a red low loader body and carrying a white or silver vehicle.

"Anyone who can assist the police investigation in any way is asked to contact Newry Reactive and Organised crime detectives by calling 101."

To provide information about this incident anonymously contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Gardai recovered an ATM today following the incident close to Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.

Detective Gardaí from Carrickmacross Station, patrolling under operation Thor, carried out searches in the Carrickmacross area this morning. 

At Drumass, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan Gardaí came upon a white transit type van with three men nearby. The men fled on foot leaving the van. One man in his 20s was arrested near the scene and the search for the other two is continuing.

 

On searching the van Gardaí discovered an ATM. A forensic examination of the van and its contents are under way.

Local politicians have been quick to condemn the hit and run incident in South Armagh.

Commenting MLA Megan Fearon said "This was a horrendous attack and there can be no justification for it.

"I wish the officer in question a full and speedy recovery and would call on anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the PSNI."

 MLA Dominic Bradley added “This was an incredibly reckless attack that could have left someone dead today. To drive a lorry directly at anyone is a wildly dangerous act and it’s important that those behind it are taken off the streets.

“My thoughts are with the police officer who was injured during this incident and I hope he makes a full recovery.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information to bring it forward as soon as possible so that these reckless thugs can be brought before the courts."

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