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West Belfast attempted hijackings: Woman assaulted during struggle

Published 11/05/2016

West Belfast attempted hijackings: A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody
West Belfast attempted hijackings: A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody

Police are investigating two attempted hijackings in west Belfast on Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 4.30pm, a man approached an elderly lady in Cavendish Square and attempted to take her car keys from her.

A struggle ensued and the woman was assaulted, however, the man left the scene empty handed.

Investigating Officer, Constable Kieran Murray said: "The elderly woman was badly bruised and both her and the male driver of the van were left badly shaken."

A short time later an attempt was made to hijack a van nearby on the Falls Road. Following a struggle with the male driver of the van, a man fled the scene and was struck by a passing white coloured car as he left.

A 24-year-old man was arrested a short time later and has been taken into custody.

Constable Murray added: "I would appeal to anyone who was in Cavendish Square or on the Falls Road and who witnessed either incident to contact police in Musgrave on 101.

"I would also ask the driver of the white car that reportedly struck the male as he left the scene of the incident to contact officers to tell us what they saw."

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