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Injured officer home to recuperate in care of his family

The police officer injured after being struck by a lorry in south Armagh yesterday has been discharged from hospital.

The officer had earlier been in a stable condition in hospital in Belfast for treatment to his injuries.

Superintendent Simon Walls had earlier said he had had a “comfortable night” in hospital last night.

But this evening he will be recuperating in the care of his family.

He was hurt in a hit and run on the Mullaghduff Road area of Cullyhanna yesterday lunchtime.

The policeman was pinned between a lorry and a police patrol car after the lorry was driven at speed directly at him.

He sustained a broken ankle, injuries to his back and a head wound.

He has been discharged from hospital earlier than expected and is deeply appreciate of the backing of the local community.

“The officer and his family appreciate the support and well wishes received since the incident,” said Superindent Walls.

The investigation meanwhile continues.

Superintendent Walls continued: “The investigation is progressing and it is believed that the low loader lorry involved in the incident was stolen a short time earlier in the Kiltybane Road area of Cullyhanna.

“A low loader matching the description was located burnt out in the area of Mullyash Mountain in Republic of Ireland. This vehicle has been recovered by officers from An Garda Síochána for forensic examination.

“We are keen to trace the movements of this lorry yesterday and locate its driver. The lorry is described as low loader with a white cab, a yellow bumper, a red low loader body and carrying a white or silver vehicle.

“Anyone who saw a lorry matching this description in the Cullyhanna area or anyone who can assist the police investigation in any way is asked to contact Newry Reactive and Organised crime detectives by calling 101. If someone would prefer to provide information about this incident anonymously, they can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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