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Police attacked by mob in Belfast after car is stolen

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Police have been pelted with bricks and bottles while trying to stop a stolen car in west Belfast.

It happened in the Divis area of the city on Saturday night.

The car had been stolen from Galway Street and brought to Divis where a crowd gathered to watch the thief perform handbrake turns. It was later taken to Roumania Rise, where an attempt was made to burn it.

In a post on social media, the PSNI said: "The crowd threw missiles at police, including bottles and bricks. Let's be clear, the people doing this are criminals who are blatantly putting the life of every resident at risk. I spoke to the owner of the vehicle - a genuinely pleasant and nice young man - who had his pride and joy wrecked by cowards. This is a group of anti-community criminals who engage in this behaviour - we know who they are but need your help in putting them before a court."

The PSNI will be stepping up patrols in the area in the run-up to Christmas.

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