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Blood spat at officer

Thursday, 22 June 2017

ARMAGH PSNI have just endured one of their busiest ever nights which included an incident when a police officer had blood spat at him.

Rounding up the weekend incidents on their Facebook page, officers described having to attend emergency situations right across the district.

"We 've had knife incidents and concerns for safety," said the Facebook update.

"We 've given CPR and we've had blood spat at us. We have had arrests where people have had to be taken to the floor swiftly and we've had others when people have shaken our hand and said 'fair game'.

We have had missing people and we've had suicidal people."

"We 've had colleagues shouting for urgent assistance on the radio and we have had others where ambulance crews have been needing assistance.

We have had blue light runs the length and breadth of the district."

On top of all those incidents the Facebook update also reveals that Armagh custody suite ended up full of people arrested for offences including domestic disputes, drink driving, assaults and drugs offences. The PSNI's dogs teams and armed response units were also scrambled.

Deputy Lord Mayor Sam Nicholson said reading the Facebook update created a depressing image of the borough but was adamant this is not a true reflection of the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area.

"I believe this was an extreme weekend and not reflective of a normal weekend in the borough. The good weather may also have played into these statistics.

"I commend the police for doing such a great job in such trying circumstances - it was particularly disgusting to hear about the blood spitting incident. But people should continue to feel safe in this area - it is a great place to go out and socialse and I hope a minority of idiots won't ruin it for everyone." Mr Nicholson also urged local people to report all incidents to police.

"It is important that local people report all incidents, police can build up a profile of hotspots across the area for different types of incidents and then deploy resources accordingly."

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