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Delivery van hijacked in north Belfast

A couple have been pushed out of the way as two men hijacked their delivery van in north Belfast.

Police said the man and his wife were pushed out of the way as they were standing outside their van at around 5.30pm on Wednesday December 17 in the Dhu Varren Parade area.

Two men entered and drove off.

One of the men was wearing a grey hooded top with white writing.

The van, a white Ford Transit, was recovered just after 6.10pm in the Chief Street area of North Belfast.

A number of goods that were in the van had been taken.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: "I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact CID at Tennent Street Police Station on the non emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"I would also encourage motorists to consider car security at all times, especially over Christmas and New Year period when traffic is heavy, to follow the steps outlined below:

Keep your doors locked.

Keep your windows up at all times.

Keep all valuables out of sight.

Park in areas or car parks which have good lighting.

Do not be distracted by listening to music or talking on your phone as this will distract you from potential threats.

Always be alert and aware of your surroundings when approaching your parked vehicle.

Never leave your keys in the ignition or the engine running in an unattended vehicle and always lock your vehicle.

Report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

Further crime prevention advice is available on the PSNI website: http://www.psni.police.uk/index/crime-prevention/personal/personal-safety/when-drving.html

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