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Women stop would-be car hijacker in Belfast

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

Two women who fought off a would-be car hijacker have been praised for their bravery, after a man was arrested.

The incident happened yesterday morning in Belfast city centre, after the women parked the car in the College Square North area at around 8am.

They had left the car and were looking for change for the parking meter when a man pushed past them and jumped in to the driver seat.

But in a fearless move, as the man attempted to start the vehicle the two women – one of whom is in her 30s and the other in her 50s – grabbed and wrestled with him.

The screams of the determined women alerted a passing police patrol, who rushed to the car and attempted to arrest the suspect.

During their efforts the police officers suffered minor injuries, including bruising.

The audacious women were not injured during the incident but have been left badly shocked by the experience.

A 23-year-old man was detained on suspicion of attempted hijacking, assault on police, resisting police and attempted criminal damage and is currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Alliance MLA Anna Lo, who was the victim of an attempted car hijacking in February 2012, praised the women's courage.

"I am very pleased the two women fought him off and he was arrested, because this needs to be stopped," she said.

Further praise for the duo came on social media site Facebook, with many people posting messages calling it 'girl power'.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact Detectives at CID in Grosvenor Road on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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