Reported in the News Letter on October 17, 1957: Gun attack on police car in Londonderry

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At 11.15 last night a police radio car in Londonderry was sprayed with bullets from sub-machine guns by men leaning over a wall in Lone Moor Road, near the Gaelic Athletic Association sports field and the city cemetery. It is a Nationalist area.

The police immediately returned the fire with automatic weapons. Then, moving further up the hill, they sprayed the attackers’ position.

None of the crew of the car was injured. It is not known whether any of the attackers were hurt. A radio message sent from the car during the action brought to the area troops, more police and Special Constabulary. The area was sealed off and an intensive search was carried out.

Road blocks were set up in the border area four miles away.