Police negotiators called to Greysteel

Police negotiators were called to Greysteel during the early hours of Saturday to deal with an incident, which resulted in a man being taken to hospital, the Journal understands.

Police attended the scene of the incident in the village from 2.30am.

It is understood the incident involved a man in his 20s who was on his own in the house at the time.

Part of the Clooney Road was closed off for about seven hours, forcing motorists to take a detour through Killywool.

Sinn Fein councilor in Greysteel, John Felix McElhinney explained what residents from the area said they witnessed, including one resident who said he woke up to find police in their garden.

“They said there were police dogs and a police helicopter on scene. I also spoke with people who were on their way home from work but couldn’t go through Greysteel and had to take a detour through Killywill.”

Colr. McElhinney said the incident had left residents he spoke with shocked.

“I hope this is a one-off because Greysteel is a good and quiet place to live. People I spoke with were very concerned this had happened on their own doorstep. They’d never seen the like of it before in their life.”

A PSNI spokesperson said the Clooney Road was closed between the Sheskin Road and the Dunlade Road while police dealt “with a man in distress” who was taken to hospital.