Wednesday 24 January 2018

Man arrested over attempted murder of police officer

Lesley-Anne McKeown

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland.

He was detained by officers from the PSNI's serious crime branch investigating a bomb attack in east Belfast in December.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said the suspect had been taken to Antrim serious crime suite for questioning.

The experienced police officer was about to take his wife and family for Sunday lunch when he saw a booby trap device placed below his family car that was parked in the driveway of his home at Upper Newtownards Road.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process are believed to have been responsible.

Four days ago a 25-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the same incident. She was later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Press Association

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