Police officers assaulted after coming to aid of stricken teenager

Police officers in Maghera came under attack from a group of youths while responding to a report of a teenager lying unconscious in the street.

Saturday, 18th November 2017, 2:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:48 am

The incident happened in the St Lurach’s area of the town on Friday evening.

Details of the public disorder were posted on the PSNI Magherafelt Facebook page.

“PARENTS- WHERE ARE YOUR CHILDREN RIGHT NOW? Yes, we know this is a question we keep asking- but we do so for a reason. On Friday evening we attended a call in the St Lurachs area of Maghera. A member of the public contacted us reporting an unconscious male, possibly a teenager, laying slumped on the ground. When police arrived they were surrounded by a group of up to 15 some of whom assaulted the officers,” the post said.

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“Further disorder followed, requiring more police resources to be sent to the area. As a result two 16-year-old juveniles were arrested meaning valuable police resources being taken out of the area for a number of hours instead of patrolling our communities detecting drink drivers, drug dealers and travelling criminals.”

The post concluded: “The parents of those involved will have received a telephone call from the custody suite by now advising where their children are. Is this a telephone call you would like?”