Belfast Telegraph

Boy aged 14 quizzed by police over carjacking in Northern Ireland

By Joanne Sweeney

A 14-year-old boy was arrested after a female motorist was targeted in a terrifying mid-morning car hijacking as she drove along a rural road, police have revealed.

She was ordered out of her car after her side window was smashed by one of two people who approached her as she slowed down along the Pinehill Road, Dunmurry.

Within two hours, the woman's car was found abandoned and burned out in Lurgan.

A 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were arrested by police afterwards.

Both were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

It happened at 11am on Saturday.

The victim was not harmed.

DUP councillor Margaret Tolerton expressed her shock over the hijacking.

"I'm really shocked to hear about this happening, especially in a rural area at that time of the day," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"This is very unexpected.

"I just hope that the girl or the lady whose car was taken was not too badly injured or left shocked by this."

The PSNI said two males and two females were spotted standing on the Hillhall Road, which joins the Pinehill Road, just before the incident.

Detective Inspector Chris Millar said: "Several minutes later as a female slowed down her vehicle, a red Kia Ceed, registration number GFZ 3384, on the Pinehill Road, Dunmurry, two males approached her.

"One of the males smashed the driver's window and told her to get out. They then drove off in her car."

Police said the four were all believed to be in their early 20s.

One of the males was described as being 5ft 11ins to 6ft tall, of heavy build with short dark brown hair wearing a light grey hoodie, light-coloured jeans with mud on the back and white trainers.

The other was slimmer and shorter than first male, aged in his early 20s and wearing a blue hoodie and dark trousers.

The two females were described as being of medium to large build and wearing casual clothes.

Police would like to speak to the driver of a white 4x4 vehicle which was in the Pinehill Road area and who may have witnessed the incident.

Belfast has experienced a spate of car hijackings on women motorists over the last six months.

Police believed that the notorious car crime gang known as the Divis Hoods from west Belfast have been behind the majority of hijackings and joyriding incidents across the city.

A man and woman were also threatened in a car hijacking in the Finaghy area of Belfast last Thursday night.

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