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Police helicopter in 100mph car pursuit through Northern Ireland

The police helicopter was deployed in the pursuit of a car driving at excess of 100mph through Northern Ireland on Wednesday night.

Police in north Belfast received reports of the activity in the vicinity of the Marrowbone Millennium Park in the Oldpark road.

The police helicopter was tasked just before midnight and reported one abandoned car in the area and a second car leaving the scene at speed.

The Volkswagon Golf, then drove in speeds of more than 100mph through Newtownabbey, Doagh, Ballymena, Broughshane and Carnlough, tracked by the helicopter and trained police drivers.

The pursuit ended when the Golf crashed on the Munie Road between Glenarm and Ballymena at around 1.10am.

The occupants of the car had exited and made off on arrival of police at the scene of the crash.

The car has now been recovered and will be forensically examined.

Inspector Paul Noble said: “The gates to the Millenium Park were damaged as a result of the earlier incident and the abandoned car set alight in the grounds of the park.

"Enquiries are ongoing at present and I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact 101 quoting reference number 1534 24/05/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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