Police probe attempted abduction in Belfast city centre
Motorists were unable to remove their cars from a Belfast city centre car park as police investigated a serious assault.
The assault occurred at 12.20am yesterday as a man went to his car in the St Anne’s Square car park.
He was approached by three unknown masked men, and was then handcuffed and assaulted as the men tried to bundle him into the back of a silver-coloured |vehicle.
The victim managed to free himself and raise the alarm. He was later treated in hospital for injuries to his head and hand. It is also believed he lost teeth during his ordeal, although his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
As police forensics officers investigated the attack, the car park was closed for the day, causing upheaval for motorists.
Some residents of the Ramada Encore Hotel in Belfast were stranded as many could not get their vehicles in or out of the car park.
Some customers had to book another night in the hotel, as they had large distances to travel.
Police are appealing for information in relation to the assault, they can be contacted at Musgrave Street Police Station on 0845 600 8000 or information can be passed on to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.