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Man ordered from car by gang in ‘terrifying ordeal’

The incident happened in the Rathcoole Drive area of Newtownabbey where a number of pallets obstructed the route.

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Police have appealed for information after a man was ordered from his car in Co Antrim before it was smashed and burned (Niall Carson/PA)

Police have appealed for information after a man was ordered from his car in Co Antrim before it was smashed and burned (Niall Carson/PA)

Police have appealed for information after a man was ordered from his car in Co Antrim before it was smashed and burned (Niall Carson/PA)

A man was ordered from his car before it was smashed and set ablaze in Co Antrim, in what police have described as a “terrifying ordeal”.

The man had been driving his white Peugeot 108 along Rathcoole Drive in Newtownabbey when he came upon a pile of pallets obstructing the route.

Police said the man attempted to drive away but was stopped by a group of 10 males, some of whom were armed with pieces of wood.

He was ordered to get out of his car before it was driven a short distance by one of the males and smashed and burned.

The original driver was not injured.

Police have made an appeal for information about those believed to have been involved, describing one man as aged between 35 and 40 years, bald and wearing a white T-shirt and brown shorts. Another male is described as approximately 30 years old, with black hair and wore a light blue hooded top.

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said it had been a “terrifying ordeal” for the owner of the car.

“We are continuing with our inquiries today and we would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area and saw what occurred, or who has information which could help our investigation to call us on 101 and quote reference number 116 of 11/07/20,” he said.

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