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Woman tells of terror over Belfast carjack bid

By Catherine Lynagh

A businesswoman has described the terrifying moments she and another young woman narrowly avoided being carjacked in broad daylight.

The 31-year-old communications manager was walking to her car last Friday in a busy business district of Belfast at around 6pm when two men in their 30s started following her.

She instantly felt unsafe and started walking faster.

"I knew they were up to no good and felt very threatened. It was obvious they were following me," she said.

The men followed her to a car park on Little Donegall Street.

The woman added: "I was nearly running to my car by the time I got to the car park.

"I jumped in and locked the doors. I was very frightened."

The men then grabbed a woman driving a Mini and pulled her out of her car.

As she watched the attack unfold, the eyewitness rolled her car behind the victim's vehicle to block the would-be carjackers from getting away.

The second female victim managed to grab the keys from the ignition and sprinted to the parking booth where the attendant bolted the door.

The women telephoned the police, but said the attackers continued to taunt and threaten them from afar.

The first woman said: "The victim was very shaken. She was crying and was understandably extremely upset.

"You just don't expect that sort of think to happen in broad daylight.

"I want women to be aware of the dangers of walking alone.

"Next time they might seriously injure someone."

Factfile

  • If you feel vulnerable travelling alone, make sure you carry a mobile phone.
  • Always let someone know where you are going.
  • Plan your route and take a map or buy a satnav to avoid asking strangers for directions.
  • Take enough money with you for emergency phone calls.
  • Carry the details of your breakdown organisation and membership number.


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