Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Police officer crushed by vehicle

The hoax device was discovered in Ballymena town centre earlier today

A police officer is recovering in hospital after he was crushed against a car.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident in the Suffolk Road area of west Belfast shortly after 3am on Saturday morning.

The PSNI said the officer was hurt when he stopped a suspected stolen car as it tried to flee the scene of the car park of the Suffolk Inn.

"He is currently being treated in hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life threatening," a spokesman added.

Two men, aged 27 and 19 years, were arrested and remain in custody.

The PSNI said the silver Renault Megane had earlier failed to stop for police in the Andersonstown Road area.

Detectives also believe that a hijacking of a red Vauxhall Corsa in the Locan Street area at approximately 2.10am is linked to this incident.

"The male driver of a car slowed down to check on a man that was lying on the ground," the PSNI spokesman said.

"When he stopped, another man told him to get out of the car and the two men made off in the direction of Beechmount Avenue.

"This car was later recovered in the Hannahstown Hill area."

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