Belfast Telegraph

Women targeted in east Belfast hijack attempts

By Dave Whelan

POLICE are hunting for two men following two attempted hijackings and a mugging of women in East Belfast.

One of the women needed hospital treatment after suffering injuries to her head, neck and left arm following the attack.

Police say they are searching for men described as being in their twenties and with local accents wearing a black top and a grey tracksuit after the attacks at Jocelyn Avenue and then along Woodstock road, within a fifteen minute period.

The first happened at around 10.15am when two men tried to get into a car at Jocelyn Avenue while the driver was inside.

When they failed, the men made off along the Woodstock Road and attempted to steal a handbag from a woman close to the Credit Union building.

She was assisted by a family member before the would-be robbers were chased by members of the public.

At 10.30am a woman was pulled from her Ford Focus at Isthumus Street and the men drove of in her car.

DUP councillor Adam Newton said: "This is a dreadful incident that has left the innocent mother of young children injured and traumatised. There are no words strong enough to condemn the actions of these thugs who care nothing for those who become their victims.

"I want to appeal to all the good people of East Belfast to provide whatever assistance they can to the police in bringing these muggers before the courts. This was a violent incident and only when young men intent on this type of vicious crime are put behind bars will the community be safe."

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