Damage to the car as a result of the incident
Damage to the car as a result of the incident

Police in Derry/Londonderry have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of a number of offences in relation to an incident in the city at the weekend during which a police vehicle was rammed and two officers escaped serious injury.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, driving a motor vehicle without insurance, driving while disqualified, and failing to stop, report and remain where an accident has occurred causing injury. He remains in custody at this time. 

As enquiries continue, police are appealing to the public for information about the movements of the vehicle involved and its whereabouts.

Shortly before 9.10pm on Friday, 13th January, officers stopped a maroon-coloured  Volvo S60 - registration UCZ 4284 - at the junction of Buncrana Road and Upper Galliagh Road. One officer got out of the car to speak with the driver but, as he approached the Volvo, the driver reversed at speed, narrowly missing the officer and another parked vehicle. The suspect drove directly at the officer, forcing him to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. He then rammed the police vehicle, with the other officer still inside, before fleeing the scene in the direction of Whitehouse Road.

Inspector Ryan Robb said: "Our officers sustained neck and arm pain as a result of this despicable incident, and we are fortunate we're not dealing with more serious injuries. The officers were also left shaken by what happened. 

"As enquiries continue, we’re keen to hear from anyone who believes they saw the vehicle involved to get in touch with us which, as a result of the incident, sustained substantial damage to its rear passenger side.

"In particular, we want to hear from anyone with dashcam who may have captured the vehicle being driven on Skeoge Road, Buncrana Road and Upper Galliagh Road prior to, and after this incident.

"We believe the vehicle also have been driven into County Donegal at some point after the incident and yesterday afternoon. Again, anyone with information about its movements or whereabouts is asked to call us." 

'Potential for serious harm' 

Inspector Robb added: "Our officers work tirelessly to keep people safe. Attacks like these are unacceptable. Not only were the lives of two of our officers put at risk, there was also potential for serious harm for others in the area at the time. Additionally, our vehicle will be off the road for several weeks for repairs, which means we have one less car at our disposal to respond to incidents and help people when they call us.

"If you have information about this incident, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please get in touch. It could make a difference." 

The number to call with information is 101, quoting reference  1932 of 13/01/23.Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/