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Three charged with a number of offences as car chase on Shankill ends in crash

Three men have been charged with a number of offences after a high-speed car chase in the Shankill Road area of Belfast in which a stolen car ran a red light, slammed into another vehicle, eventually coming to a halt after smashing into a wall at Agnes Street.

It happened at around 11am on Friday morning.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with seven offences including aggravated vehicle taking, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods and dangerous driving.

Another man aged 26 has been charged with five offences including aggravated vehicle taking, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods and possession of a class C controlled drug.

Both men are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with five offences including aggravated vehicle taking, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on the morning of Friday 30 December.

Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie said: "Just after 11am this morning a suspected stolen vehicle failed to stop for police, drove through a red traffic light and collided with another vehicle before hitting a wall.

"The occupant of the other vehicle was subsequently taken to hospital.

"All three men remain in custody and an investigation is currently under way."

The officer issued a call for witnesses to come forward with any information they had.

"I am appealing for anyone else who may have witnessed this incident, or has any information about it, to call the police on the 101 number, or to contact the PSNI anonymously using the special Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111."

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