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WATCH: Car drives into parade in Co Down, resulting in two injuries

PSNI have arrested a teenager after he drove his car into a band parade in Co Down.

The incident occurred yesterday at 8:40pm in the Newry Street area of Rathfriland when the teenager drove a black Seat Leon towards the band parade before mounting the footpath.

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Video footage shows the car driving into the parade before leaving the area at speed.

According to the PSNI, two men aged in their 30s and 40s were injured following the incident, however, their injuries are understood to be minor.

A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of six counts of alleged driving offences and suspected common assault.

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Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon district chief inspector Barney O’Connor stated, “This male has been arrested on suspicion of six counts of dangerous driving, six counts for failing to stop for police, aggravated taking and driving away, disqualified driving, no insurance and three counts of failing to stop and report and remain at an injury road traffic collision.”

The teenager currently remains in custody at this time.

O’Connor added that a sectarian hate crime is not being investigated as the current motive behind the incident, however, an investigation into the circumstances of the incident remains ongoing.

IMAGE – Belfast Telegraph

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