Dickson expresses concern after police officers assaulted

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed concern after a police officer suffered a broken ankle and another was punched in the face during an assault in Carrickfergus.

The incident took place in the Victoria Road area around 7.15pm yesterday (Tuesday) after the officers responded to reports of a fight between two men. One of them subsequently struck out at the officers. A third officer suffered cuts and bruises. The 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of offences including assault on police, criminal damage and grievous bodily harm, and remains in custody.

“This was an extremely concerning and appalling incident which must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” said Mr Dickson.

“Police do a fantastic job keeping the community safe in sometimes particularly challenging circumstances, even without attacks such as these. To add to that burden by assaulting these officers is disgusting.

“My thoughts are with the officers concerned and I would urge anyone with information on this incident to pass it to police immediately.”

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