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Belfast taxi driver hit with baton in car hijacking

A taxi driver was struck with a baton by thieves hijacking his car in west Belfast.

Two men armed with the baton and a suspected firearm hijacked the grey Hyundai i40 in St Peter’s Close, injuring the driver on the shoulder.

It happened at 6.05pm on Monday - but the taxi was abandoned minutes later in Ladymar Walk after encountering a passing police patrol.

The two males made off from the area on foot.

Detective Constable Gareth Hussey said: "We are seeking information about this incident and an incident which occurred in Northumberland Street at around 5.50pm when two men matching the descriptions of the hijackers were reported to have attacked a passing car with a baton and a firearm.

"Both were described as being around 30 years old and were wearing dark clothing with hooded tops. No damage was caused to the car and there were no injuries reported."

The men made off in the direction of the Falls Road.

Witnesses are asked to contact CID in Tennent Street on 101.

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