Mob hindered helicopter crash rescue

By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent


Hostile crowds stopped an ambulance as the crew tried to take a casualty from an Army helicopter crash in south Armagh to hospital.

The Northern Ireland ambulance service said the vehicle was ambushed in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, after the Lynx came down in bad weather on Sunday night, injuring two airmen and four police officers.

A mob hurled stones, fireworks and snowballs as the ambulance crew tried to help the victims.

"They stopped the vehicle for about a minute and shone torches into it," said Brian McNeill, director of operations. "We are only trying to do our job and it is difficult enough going to a major incident without having unruly crowds."

Three of the police officers were later discharged from hospital and one is being treated for a back injury.