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Woman traumatised by carjacking as police seize 'death driver' vehicle

By Staff Reporter

Published 21/11/2016

A PSNI Facebook post showing a vehicle being seized in west Belfast
A PSNI Facebook post showing a vehicle being seized in west Belfast

A woman was left shaken after she was forced out of her car by a gang of hijackers in west Belfast.

Police said a man ran onto the road to make the victim stop her vehicle.

Her ordeal happened as she was driving on Pembroke Loop Road from the direction of Colinbrook at around 6.45am yesterday.

After she was stopped, another man opened the driver's door and forced her from the car.

The two men, along with a third accomplice, then got into the car and drove off along Pembroke Loop Road.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was left very shaken, police said.

Two of the men are described as being approximately 6ft tall.

One was wearing a blue Adidas tracksuit top, black bottoms and a black cap. Another had his face covered with a stripy scarf and was wearing a hooded top.

The third man was wearing a dark coloured coat.

The car, a black coloured Citroen C5 estate, has not yet been recovered.

Police are appealing for information.

Meanwhile, the PSNI have seized a car after a west Belfast street was taken over by drivers performing dangerous stunts.

Officers received a report from residents at around 10.30pm on Thursday that so-called 'death drivers' were terrorising residents in Servia Street.

This is in the Divis area of the lower Falls Road, an area that has been plagued by the problem intermittently for years.

"We arrived in 90 seconds of the report and observed a dark BMW performing hand-brake turns and other dangerous manoeuvres in the residential streets," an officer revealed on the PSNI west Belfast Facebook page.

"On seeing us, the vehicle accelerated away and the crowd of onlookers scattered.

"The vehicle was pursued and eventually abandoned in Lisvarna Heights where it crashed into pedestrian bollards.

"The two knuckle draggers onboard ran away leaving the vehicle leaking oil. They were last seen skulking into the alleyways towards Ross Road."

The vehicle was seized by police and an investigation into the incident is now under way.

The PSNI also seized two other vehicles and a stolen bike, adding they have active lines of enquiry ongoing into all investigations.

Later that evening police dealt with anti-social behaviour in neighbouring Lisvarna Heights.

"We know of anti-social behaviour in this area at all times of the day. We are also aware of the individuals involved and have increased our patrols on the area," an officer posted on the PSNI west Belfast Facebook page.

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