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'Pandemonium' as hijacked car goes on rampage in Northern Ireland town

Police have described the "pandemonium" that hit a Northern Ireland town after a car went on the rampage after a hijacking.

Two men dragged a woman from her car in Banbridge on Wednesday evening just before 6pm before taking off in the car.

The silver Toyota Corolla then crashed into several other cars including one with a pregnant woman inside before finally coming to a halt after hitting a roundabout.

"Our guys were quickly on scene, two minutes within the call coming on screen," said police.

"However they weren't as quick as the fastest response out there - you guys!".

The two suspects were caught and restrained by "brave members of the public," police said, who held them until the boys in blue caught up.

Both were arrested for hijacking, vehicle theft, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, and one later for assault on police and resisting arrest.

Police are also investigating a link to the possible theft of a charity box after finding one nearby. Officers are appealing for information.

"Now to the people who made the arrests possible - WOW!" continued police.

"Bravery beyond bounds. We frequently talk about the importance of working together...but we didn't quite mean like that!

"Great job though. The Chief doesn't know it yet, but he'll be hosting a thank you coffee and doughnuts morning in Banbridge station for that one! From the community, from us, THANK YOU!"

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart praised the public and the police.

"After subjecting the lady to the ordeal of losing her vehicle these two people then hit several others cars as they made their escape," she said.

"Thankfully vigilant locals stepped in to prevent this. I am encouraged that the police were in the area on patrol at the time of the incident. This will reassure locals that Banbridge is receiving the attention promised.

"We need to see this maintained and more resources assigned to operational policing with incident like this and burglaries on the rise.”

Earlier thisevening, pandemonium hit Banbridge town centre. 2 males dragged a woman from a car in Church Square,...

Posted by PSNI Banbridge on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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