Northern Ireland

Newry, County Down: Driver hurt after gun attack in car

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Image caption Police said the attacker may have suffered facial injuries

A man in his 40s has been injured during what is believed to have been an attempted armed robbery in County Down.

The man was in his car outside Newry and Mourne District Council offices on Monaghan Row when the attack happened at around 20:15 GMT on Monday.

An unknown man got into the car and struck the driver in the face with what police believe was a handgun before escaping on foot.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley MLA described the incident as "shocking".

He said: "I am sure the driver is badly shaken and traumatised by what happened.

"It is despicable to think anyone could be so brazen and subject anyone to such terror.

"I am sure I speak for the community when I say I hope the police are able to apprehend the assailant as soon as possible, because we can't have gun-wielding criminals running loose on our streets.

"Those days are long gone and no one wants to see them making a return in any community.

"I would urge anyone who saw anything in the area last night they think could help catch this person to contact the police immediately."

The police said the assailant was 5ft 6in tall, with dark hair, light facial hair, aged in his 20s, and spoke with an eastern European accent.

It is also believed he may have suffered facial injuries as a result of the incident.

They have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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