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Skip lorry hi-jacked and torched in north Belfast

A skip lorry has been hi-jacked and set alight in north Belfast.

Just after 2.30pm on Friday the driver was returning to the cab of the lorry, which was parked in Crimea Court, having bought something in a nearby shop.

As he got back into the vehicle, a man jumped into the seat beside him and threatened him with a lump hammer, demanding that he drove off.

The perpetrator is described as wearing a red hoodie, a black monkey hat, and a builder-style dust mask.

Detective Sergeant Rory McPhillips said: “The driver was forced to drive from Crimea Street to Tudor Grove.  There, he was directed to a parking area behind properties on the Crumlin Road where he was told to reverse the lorry.  The driver took the opportunity to jump out of the cab and ran from the scene.

“As he did so, he saw another man coming towards him carrying a green petrol canister.  The lorry was then set on fire and was completely destroyed.

“The driver of the lorry was not injured during the incident, but he was left shocked by his ordeal. 

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area between 2pm and 3pm and saw any suspicious activity, or either of the men reported as being involved in the incident, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 786 of 15/6/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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