A PREGNANT woman and her mother-in-law were forced out of their car at gunpoint in an attempted hijacking outside Belfast's Mater Hospital on Friday, January 11.
The women were approached by a man reported to be armed with a handgun at around 8pm. He forced them from the car and got inside.
Nearby police officers made their way to the scene and the man abandoned the vehicle and ran away.
Neither of the women were harmed, but were left frightened by the ordeal.
One day prior to the attempted hijacking, a spate of opportunistic vehicle thefts in north Belfast prompted police to urge motorists not to leave their vehicles with the engine running while de-icing, a practice described as a "gift" to thieves.
Six vehicles were stolen within 90 minutes on the Antrim Road last Thursday morning (January 10).
Three men have been arrested in Dunmurry in connection with the thefts.