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Stolen car caused £15k damage to pharmacy

By Nevin Farrell

Published 19/09/2016

The scene at McKenzie’s Pharmacy on the Falls Road yesterday
The scene at McKenzie’s Pharmacy on the Falls Road yesterday

The driver of a stolen car that slammed into the front of a west Belfast pharmacy has caused damage estimated at £15,000, according to a director of the firm.

Peter Rice from McKenzie's Pharmacy on the Falls Road said eyewitnesses saw the car speeding up and down the Donegall Road, before swerving and crashing through the front of his shop.

"I think they were showing off and there were no other cars involved in racing," he said.

"We're looking at £10,000-£15,000 damage, if not more.

"They completely destroyed the whole front of the shop so we need a new shutter, a new shop front and the interior of the shop is damaged. The floor is damaged and a lot of the shop fittings are damaged."

The PSNI said that the damage was reported to police shortly after 7am yesterday.

The black Ford Ecosport had been stolen in a creeper burglary in Beechview Park a short time earlier.

It was taken away by police for further examination.

Mr Rice said the car thieves have acted "deplorably".

"My thoughts go out as well to the poor people who had their house broken into," he said.

"While it affects us, it affects the community as well, the people we serve - and people will no doubt be worried about getting their medication in the morning. It is the first time we have had an incident like this in the 20 years we have been in the area."

However, he said a side entrance will be open at 9am and it will be business as usual.

Mr Rice said it is believed it was another car that hit a cake shop a few doors down just a few hours earlier.

A spokeswoman for Rockmore Residents Collective said: "It seems to be the local death drivers were up to no good again."

"Local people are absolutely disgusted.

"Our corner shop opens very early and staff could have been passing."

The spokeswoman added: "It could have been one of them or just a local person going to work in the morning."

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