Fishery Officers being attacked by poachers along River Foyle

Fishery Officers tasked with staming out poaching along the Lifford and Strabane river banks have been attacked with knives, hatchets and breeze blocks.

A Loughs Agency official said a member of his staff could have been killed when a breeze-block was dropped from a bridge onto a patrol boat.

The incident, at Lifford Bridge was one of a number of recent attacks on workers carrying out anti-poaching patrols in the Foyle area.

The agency's director of conservation and protection, John McCartney, said workers had been assaulted and had stones thrown at them..

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