Belfast Telegraph

Baseball bat gangs terrify drivers in bid to hijack cars in Londonderry

By David Young

A gang of armed youths terrified motorists as they attempted to hijack cars in Londonderry last night.

The baseball bat-wielding yobs attacked motorists in the Ardmore Road/Tullyally area in the early hours of Thursday, according to the PSNI.

Investigating officer Constable Millar of the PSNI said: "At around 00.20am a number of cars were stopped by a group of youths on the Ardmore Road near the Tullyally Road in an attempt to hijack them.

"One of the youths was reported to be carrying a baseball bat.

"I am appealing for anyone with information who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or have information about the incident to contact police at Strand Road on 101."

Police are also investigating a hijack and an armed robbery in the Lisburn Road area of south Belfast yesterday afternoon. A female driver was left terrified and badly shaken after she was attacked by two men who stole her vehicle.

PSNI spokesman Detective Sergeant Hawthorne said: "At around 2.55pm, in Dunluce Avenue, a female driver was the victim of a hijacking when she was approached by two males who ordered her out of her black VW Passat then made off in the car. The woman was not injured but was left badly shaken."

The first hijacker was described as approximately 5ft 8in in height, with short dark brown hair, of thin build and was wearing a dull coloured jacket.

His accomplice was described as around 5ft 10in tall, with short dark hair, of large build and wearing a white t-shirt.

A short time later a robbery was reported at commercial premises on the nearby Lisburn Road.

It was said that a large masked man entered a pharmacy armed with a suspected firearm and demanded tablets from the staff. A number of items were handed over and the males then made off from the scene in a black VW Passat in the direction of Tates Avenue.

Detectives from the PSNI's Reactive and Organised Crime Squad believe both Belfast incidents to be linked and have appealed for anyone who witnessed either incident or who has any information to contact detectives in Musgrave on 101.

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