Two police officers have been hospitalised after their car was rammed by a stolen car outside Newry on Monday.

The PSNI said the incident happened close to the Shepherd’s Way on-slip on the A1 at around 9.25am.

Police said the person who stole the car and rammed the officers made off on foot and is still at large, with a search operation underway.

The PSNI has condemned the incident and said the officers are still receiving treatment for their injuries.

PSNI Newry, Mourne & Down District Commander, Superintendent Norman Haslett said: “Any attack on our officers, who work tirelessly around the clock, often in challenging circumstances to protect the community, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“I condemn this incident in the strongest possible terms. An investigation is underway to bring the person responsible to justice and I wish both officers a speedy recovery.

“A member of the public called police after a car was stolen from outside a home in Irish Street in Armagh City at around 9am.

“The silver Volkswagen Passat had been located by police in Newry. However, when our officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the Shepherd’s Way on-slip to the A1 dual carriageway at around 9.25am, the driver of the stolen vehicle then reversed at speed and rammed the police vehicle.

“As a result, two officers were injured and were unable to continue their duties and the patrol vehicle has sustained serious damage which will render it unusable for the foreseeable future.”

Police said the suspect is described as being aged around 25 with blonde/sandy brown hair and wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a grey top with green shoulders.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist us with our enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting 350 10/06/24,” the PSNI added.