‘Possible bomb attack on passing police patrol’: PSNI investigating reports device thrown at vehicle (Belfast Telegraph)

Police are investigating a possible bomb attack on its officers after reports a device was thrown at a passing patrol.

Reports suggested a device had been thrown at officers in Ballycolman Avenue in Strabane on Thursday night, but failed to explode.

A primary school in the area was evacuated as a precaution.

PSNI chief inspector Andy Lemon said the incident “either a reckless attack on police or a deliberate hoax call”.

“A number of locations in the Ballycolman area have now been extensively searched by officers following last night’s report and some additional information we received this morning. At this point nothing has been found,” he said.

“While we have not been forced to evacuate any homes or businesses the local Gaelscoil has taken the decision to remove staff and pupils while the search is ongoing.

“I plan to carry out a further search of the area with a trained police dog so I can be satisfied there is no device present.”

SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly condemned those responsible.

“I have been speaking to the local PSNI commander who said he believes something was thrown at police; however, they have been unable to ascertain exactly what it was,” he said.

“It seems now that there is a suspicious device near the water pumping station in Ballycolman and this is adding to the disruption and hassle local residents are putting up with due to the whims of those who have no regard for life or community.”


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