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Two men attempt car hijackings during Belfast morning rush hour

Published 19/10/2016

Two men attempted to hijack cars.
Two men attempted to hijack cars.

Two men have been arrested after a double hijacking attempt in Belfast.

On Wednesday morning, police were called to one attempt in University Street in the south of the city.

Two men, one armed with a small knife, had attempted to force a motorist from his vehicle at around 7.40am. Another member of the public shouted at the pair and they soon made off in the Ormeau Road direction.

Later, as police were dealing with the first report they were flagged down by another member of the public who had just been forced from his car near the Stranmillis Embankment at 8.15am. The man had been ordered from his car at knifepoint.

Police were quickly able to arrest two men aged 27 and 30 on suspicion of a number of offences including hijacking, attempted hijacking, robbery and driving whilst unfit, before they could escape in the vehicle.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or who may have information to contact them.

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