Police are searching for a teenager who targeted female drivers in four separate car hijacking attempts in Belfast city centre.
The youth attempted to drag a woman from her parked car at Russell Street in the worst of the incidents, which took place during rush hour traffic on Wednesday evening.
He first tried to open the driver's door in an attempted hijacking in Cromac Street at around 5pm. The attempt was foiled as the woman had her doors locked. He then made off towards Central Station.
Two further incidents were reported in the Stewart Street area a short time later. In one of them, a woman was again targeted as she sat in her parked car with her doors locked. In the other, the youth tried to snatch car keys from a woman as she walked towards her car.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid appealed for information and urged motorists to consider car security at all times.
Detectives in south Belfast believe that the youth, described as being around 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build and wearing a grey hooded top, was responsible for all four incidents.