Page last updated at 16:51 GMT, Sunday, 11 October 2009 17:51 UK

150-strong crowd attacks police

Armagh City Hotel
Police were attacked by a crowd outside a hotel

A 150-strong crowd attacked police in Armagh injuring 10 officers, police have said.

Trouble started at 0200 BST on Friary Road outside the Armagh City Hotel when a police patrol was attacked.

They called for back-up, but reinforcements were also targeted. Litter bins were used to smash the windows of police cars.

Police used CS spray during the trouble. A 34-year-old man faces charges in relation to the incident.

He has been charged with public order offences, criminal damage, four counts of assault on police and resisting arrest. He is to appear at Armagh Magistrates Court on 3 November.

Another 21-year-old man has been released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

Officers sustained cuts and bruises, but none were seriously hurt.

Four police vehicles had windows, mirrors, lights and bodywork damaged.

Police said that calm was restored at about 0300 BST.

"An investigation has commenced into the incident. As part of that investigation police will be examining CCTV footage from the area in a bid to identify those involved," a police spokesperson said.



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