Mob attacks ambulance carrying Army wounded

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  1. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    F*cking disgaceful!

    Last Updated: Monday, 19 March 2007, 15:37 GMT
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    Mob attacks air crash ambulance
    The helicopter crashed into a field near a built-up area
    The helicopter crashed into a field near a built-up area
    An ambulance taking a casualty from an Army helicopter crash in County Armagh was forced to stop because of hostile crowds, the Ambulance Service has said.

    A group of youths ambushed the vehicle in Crossmaglen as it drove towards the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

    A total of six people were injured, two airmen and four police officers, in the helicopter crash on Sunday.

    Stones, fireworks and snowballs were hurled at the ambulance crew as they attempted to treat the injured.

    "They stopped the vehicle for about a minute and shone torches into it," the Ambulance Service's director of operations, Brian McNeill, said.

    "We are only trying to do our job and it is difficult enough going to a major incident like that without having to deal with unruly crowds, and it is unacceptable."

    A number of people on the helicopter suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

    It was confirmed four of the injured were taken to the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry and two to the Craigavon Area Hospital - one by helicopter.

    A total of three police officers were later discharged, but one policeman was still being treated for a back injury.

    The craft crashed into a field close to Lismore housing estate and grounds of the Crossmaglen Rangers Gaelic Athletic Association club.

    Propellers were crushed and the tail had snapped off.

    Mr McNeill added: "We would appeal to people to stop this. Thankfully the person who was on the ambulance which stopped was not critically injured.

    "We are only interested in rescuing the casualties and saving lives."

    Up to seven ambulances and a several fire tenders rushed to the scene at about 1800 GMT on Sunday.

    An air accident investigation will now be carried out to find out why the accident happened.


    The military is to carry out an investigation into why an army helicopter crashed in south Armagh.

    It happened in Crossmaglen just before 1800 GMT on Sunday at Foxfield Road, near an army base and a housing estate.

    Four police officers and two military personnel were taken to hospital. Three were later released after treatment. One is being treated for a back injury.

    The cause of the accident is not yet clear, but police said there was no indication of any terrorist link.

    It is understood at least one of the casualties was airlifted to Craigavon Area Hospital while others were taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

    As well as the person being treated for a serious back injury, two soldiers also remain in hospital.

    Eyewitnesses said the Lynx helicopter clipped a fence near the Lismore housing estate before crashing in the field.

    Vincent McParland and his wife watched the crash from their kitchen.

    "We heard it coming and looked out, it was coming in brave and hard and low, next thing it swooped round and we saw it going round twice and went over on its side - next thing it hit the ground," he said.

    The police said that ambulance crews removing the casualties from the scene came under attack by local youths throwing stones, fireworks and snowballs.

    Similar attacks were made on police officers on the ground. There are no reports of any casualties.

    Vincent McParland
    Vincent McParland said the helicopter came in hard

    DUP assembly member Ian Paisley Jnr said missile attacks on rescue workers were totally unacceptable.

    "What really concerns me is the complete lack of political leadership on the ground in Crossmaglen from republican leaders telling people that this sort of behaviour is just not acceptable and it must stop," he said.

    "We need to see that leadership and we need to see it fast."

    But Conor Murphy, the Sinn Fein MP for the area, said he personally got the youths to stop.

    "I saw kids throwing snowballs, we asked them to disperse and the vast majority of them did disperse and that was the end of it," he said.

    "There's no pleasure taken from the fact that British army or police personnel were injured in this, but what people want them to do is stop the helicopter flights and for the British army to complete their withdrawal from this area."

    SDLP assembly member Dominic Bradley said he had expressed concerns in the past about helicopter flights in the area.

    "These flights pose a threat to the safety of local people as well as to police personnel," he said.

    Last month, the Army guard post at Crossmaglen police station was removed as part of the government's plans to scale down the military presence in Northern Ireland.

    The site has been transformed for use solely as a police station.
  2. Animals.

    This has been their problem for far too long. They used to attack firemen, beleived (wrongly) they were used to hose down rioters. If they don't know that sort of thing is wrong (even during the troubles) then they are just scum.

    Get a spectre/MOAB to level the fcuking dump.

    They'd soon start whining if the Ambulance crews withheld their services.
  3. Sub humans, where are the Zyclon B crystals when you need them.
  4. F'kin scum, air support for NI!
  5. Shoot the Little Fuc*ers and be done with it, they want to attack rescue personnel, they should face the consequences.

    little bastar*s... :pissedoff:
  6. send 3 para mortars in, thatll sort em out
  7. Op Banner coming to an end as well. Seems there is still a lot of trouble.
  8. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    W@nkers the lot of them. Different era; same scum
  9. Sinn Fien states that

    'one or two youths were throwing snowballs, and were chased by local officails - strangely enough they dispute the 'riotous mob angle of the story
  10. Give the lie somewhat to the "friendly South Armagh" touism advert.

    Having said that, what d'you expect from a pig but a grunt? That fcuking sheeithole XMG has been due a levelling for years. full of gyppos too.
  11. One or two fcuking youfs shouldn't have been throwing snowballs to start wtih, not at an ambulance anyway.

    Maybe one or two youvs will need said ambulances later on, after they get some "community justice" for making the republican officials look bad.
  12. It's been like that in the XMG area for 400+ years. The breed of "humanity" round those parts were regarded as degenerate "rapparrees" in the 1600s, and maybe earlier.

    If only the Border Commission's recommendations in 1921 had been followed, the whole south Armagh area would have been bundled in with the Irish Free State (and they are welcome to each other) and east Donegal would have remained British, thereby making Londonderry a non-frontier city. If only . . . .

    BTW, I wonder why this ambulance hold-up took so long to come out? The incident was at c. 18.00 yesterday, but the first mention of ambulance trouble wasn't mentioned on NI news bulletins until almost exactly 24 hours had passed.

    Typically, the local politicians are bleating about continued army/PSNI flights being a hazard to civilians in XMG, but not a word of good wishes to the security forces injured. Situation normal . .
  13. Good to see that the holy grail of getting Sinn Fein signed up to policing is working. I'm on the ground, and from my worms-eye view there's a huge discrepancy between what uncle Gerry says, and what is actually going on amongst the scrotes in your average, "nationalist" housing estate. In S Armagh in particular. although he didn't get elected, Davy Hylands (ex-Shinner who stood on the alternative republican side during the latest election) had over 2000 people in that part of the world give him their first preference vote. This incident simply highlights the general lack of respect to any authority in certain areas though. Fire and ambulance service personnel are well used to being bricked/stoned/abused by wee ballbags from both sides of the divide. SNAFU Best wishes to those injured.
  14. Quite agree - especially about the injured.

    The XMG area is so hard-line that nothing that happens there involving the army or PSNI can be taken as typical; and I doubt if Adams spends much time worrying about converting the unconvertible. Much more important is the matter of how - or if - Adams will get a majority of the SF-voting population to show practical, day to day consent for normal policing.

    I'd expect it to be a muddled fudge, with every incident being examined on its own merits, and with Agams and McGuinness very eager to brand as "political policing" any specific PSNI action which they don't care for.

    They will carefully nurture this tissue of myths, and try to create a situation in which Paisley dare not break any power-sharing agreement for fear of being seen as a hardline loyalist wrecker