Three police officers have been injured and a police car damaged following an incident in Jonesborough, south Armagh this afternoon, in which a 57-year-old man was arrested.

Police carrying out an enforcement operation on a commercial site on Edenappa Road just after 12pm arrested the man on suspicion of a number of offences, including obstruction and fraudulent evasion of duty on fuel.

However, officers have said that during the operation, a Scania HGV lorry repeatedly and deliberately rammed a police car, as those inside attempted to flee the scene.

Three officers were injured, with two treated at the scene and the third taken to hospital.

The police car was "significantly damaged".

PSNI Superintendent Norman Haslett has described the incident as "an appalling, reckless, dangerous and completely cowardly act".

"Using a heavy goods vehicle as a weapon, could easily have caused catastrophic injury or worse," he said.

He said police are now seeking to locate the lorry which rammed the car, as well as its driver.

The lorry – with the number plate LD08POP – crossed into the Republic of Ireland after the incident, and will be bearing damage at the front driver side.

The PSNI has said it is liaising with An Garda Síochána, and has appealed to anyone with information to come forward.