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Officers injured after stolen car collides with police vehicle in Belfast

Two officers have been injured after a stolen car collided with a police vehicle in Belfast.

It happened on Wednesday night in the Cullingtree area in the west of the city shortly before 9.45pm.

A silver Volkswagen had been reported stolen in the Castlereagh area as a result of a suspected creeper style burglary on Wednesday morning.

The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

Police are also investigating reports that a similar vehicle was driving erratically in the Fall’s Road area at the time of an earlier shooting incident on Wednesday evening.

A 17-year-old has been charged with a series of driving offences.

The charges are in connection with the arrest of a male in west Belfast after a stolen car collided with a police vehicle in the Cullingtree area shortly before 9.45pm. 

He is expected to appear before Belfast Youth Court on Friday morning charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to the vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking in which vehicle is being driven dangerously, failing to stop, failing to report, failing to remain, theft, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. 

Detective Inspector Mary White said: “There is only one police service in West Belfast, and that’s the Police Service of Northern Ireland.  We are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days every week, protecting the public and serving the local community.

"I would appeal to all members of the West Belfast community, if you witnessed anything last night to come forward to detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101 or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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