Police probe link after spate of attempted hi-jackings and robberies in west Belfast
Police are appealing for the public's help following a series of attempted hi-jackings and an attempted robbery in west Belfast.
The incidents happened in the Falls Road and the Donegall Road areas between 10pm and 11.40pm on Tuesday September 27.
Police received a report just after 10pm of an attempted hi-jacking of a red BMW 1 Series car which had stopped at traffic lights at the junction of the Falls Road and Donegal Road.
A male with a hood over his head, who was armed with a knife, approached the driver, who was able to drive away to safety and contact police.
The driver was left shaken but unharmed
Half an hour later at 10.30pm police received a report of another attempted hi-jacking of a red Citroen C4 Picasso parked on the Falls Road.
Three males approached the car, one armed with a hammer - but the drive managed to drive to safety and contact police.
He too was left shaken but unharmed.
Just over an hour later police received a call about an attempted robbery at a restaurant on the Falls Road, police attended and one male was arrested and is currently helping police with enquriies.
Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: "While we are investigating potential links between each of these incidents, I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents, or indeed any other incidents which may not have been reported to police, or any suspicious activity in the area to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1371 of 27 September 2016.
“Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”