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Arrests after spate of Northern Ireland car hijackings

The car set on fire in Beechmount Avenue
The car set on fire in Beechmount Avenue

Two men have been arrested by police investigating a series of car hijackings in parts of Northern Ireland.

The incidents happened in the Newcastle, Lisburn, Carryduff and west Belfast areas on Saturday June 1.

A number of cars were hijacked and involved in collisions and within the space of an hour.

In one incident a student spoke of how he was dragged out of his car, threatened and punched in the face while he was out driving in the Purdysburn Road area.

Two men made off in his Renault Clio car, which was later found on fire in Beechmount Avenue in west Belfast.

On Wednesday a 30-year-old was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of hijacking and a number of other offences. It comes after another man (31) was arrested on Tuesday and later released on police bail.

Detective Sergeant Melanie McGrory said: “Our investigation into this series of incidents in which a number of cars were hijacked and involved in collisions is ongoing and I would continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed any of the incidents to contact detectives in Lisburn on 101 quoting reference 818 01/06/19.

"We are particularly keen to speak with anyone who was travelling on Newcastle Road in Dundrum close to the 12 Arches, the Old Ballynahinch Road in Lisburn, the Saintfield Road area of Belfast close to Ivanhoe Hotel, the Purdysburn Road and the Boucher Road and Beechmount areas of Belfast and who has dashcam footage of the incidents to get in touch. 

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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