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Knife pulled on hospital worker after end of shift in attempted car hijacking

The incident happened near the Mater Hospital.
The incident happened near the Mater Hospital.

A woman hospital worker had a large knife pulled on her at the end of her shift in an attempted car jacking.

It happened on the Crumlin Road in the early hours of the morning as the woman was returning to her car parked on Fleetwood Street.

The woman - aged in her 20s - managed to get into the car as the man ran toward her and lock the doors. However, the man was able to get hold of the door handle before swearing at her and telling her to get her out of the car.

He then pulled a knife, described as being between six and seven inches long and cut the woman in the arm, ripping her sleeve.

The woman ran back to the hospital to raise the alarm.

“Although she was not physically injured in the incident, she was left very shocked by what happened," said Detective Sergeant McPhillips.

“Her attacker is described as being 5’ 5” in height, of skinny build and wearing a dark-coloured hat or hood.  He was also wearing a dark tracksuit with stripes down the arms of the top and dark bottoms.  He wasn’t wearing gloves, was clean-shaven with some stubble and spoke with a Belfast accent.

“This was a frightening episode for this woman to experience as she finished a hospital shift helping others and we are appealing to the public for help. We believe the man left Fleetwood Street and made his way up the Antrim road to the Vicinage Park area where he was picked up by a silver-coloured car.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of the Crumlin road, Fleetwood Street or nearby Vicinage Park between 12 midnight and 12.45am and saw any suspicious activity or a male fitting this description to get in touch with us immediately on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 31 of 30/12/18.

"Alternatively, information can 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."

The Belfast Health Trust confirmed there was an incident and police were investigating.

Condemning the attack, Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee described it as "shocking".

"This must have been a very frightening experience for the driver," he said.

"No one should have to face incidents like this and people should be able to go about their business free from fear or intimidation.

"I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI."

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