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Police attacked by mob in Belfast after car is stolen

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 28/11/2016

The stolen car was badly damaged in west Belfast
The stolen car was badly damaged in west Belfast

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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