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Derry car-jacking victim is hospitalised

By Donna Deeney

A man was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital after he was dragged from his car and assaulted before his vehicle was stolen.

Two men and a woman were later arrested and are still being questioned by police in Londonderry. Shortly before 3.25am yesterday, police received a report that a car had been stopped in Fountain Hill in the Waterside area of the city by a number of people.

The driver, a man in his 20s, rolled his window down.

But he was pulled from his car and beaten by the gang who took his car keys and other possessions and drove off. The car was later involved in a crash in the nearby Rosswater area.

Police officers investigating the incident later arrested two men aged 29 and 24, and a woman aged 23. They were assisting police with their inquiries yesterday.

The driver of the car is currently in hospital receiving treatment for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The PSNI is appealing for eye-witnesses.

Derry deputy mayor Gary Middleton condemned the incident.

He said: "People should be able to drive safely without fear of being stopped and their vehicle hijacked. It is a worrying situation and I would encourage people to be extra cautious when they are out driving, especially in the early hours when there are fewer people about."

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