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Woman punched in face during car hijacking in west Belfast

By Claire Williamson

A woman has been punched in the face during a car hijacking in west Belfast.

It happened in the Norglen Parade area of Belfast on Monday November 17.

At around 4am, a 59-year-old woman was removing items from a silver Vauxhall Astra when she was approached by an unknown male.

Police said he spoke briefly to her before punching her in the face and taking her car keys.

He then made off in the vehicle in the direction of the Springfield Road.

The stolen Astra was spotted by police on Stockmans Lane a short time later and pursued by a trained PSNI pursuit driver into Brittons Parade where it reversed into the police vehicle a number of times before making off.

It was then located in the Whiterock area and was recovered for examination.

DI Jenna Fitzpatrick said: "Police are keen to hear from anyone who can identify the hijacker or who may have any other information that could assist our investigation. The number to call is 101.”

Alternatively if someone would like to provide information without giving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800555111.

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