Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

File image of a PSNI logo. Alamy Stock Photo
West Belfast

Man charged after three PSNI officers injured as patrol vehicle rammed 'multiple times'

Two of the officers were unable to continue their duties as a result.

LAST UPDATE | 24 Aug 2023

A MAN HAS been charged after three police officers in Belfast were injured when their patrol car was rammed multiple times.

The incident happened overnight, shortly before 2.45am, in west Belfast.

While on patrol in the Falls Road area, officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle.

The driver of this vehicle tried to avoid the police by mounting a footpath and hit an officer’s arm before driving off.

A short time later, the vehicle was located in the Cluain Mor Close area.

Here, the driver reversed into the police patrol car “multiple times” and caused injuries to two other officers. 

These officers were unable to continue their duties.

The driver of the vehicle, a 38-year-old man, was then arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.

A 38-year-old man has now been charged following the incident with a number of driving offences as well as criminal damage, disorderly behaviour and resisting police. 

He is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning. 

The PSNI said that as is usual procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service. 

The PSNI is appealing to anyone who may have seen a white Vauxhall Mokka in the area, or who may have any information or dash-cam footage that could assist with enquiries, to contact the police service.

A report can also be made using the online reporting form,and  information also can be provided to anonymously Crimestoppers.

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.