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String of hijackings could be linked, say detectives

The car set on fire in Beechmount Avenue
The car set on fire in Beechmount Avenue
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

Police believe a series of hijackings and assaults on drivers in Newcastle, Lisburn, Carryduff and west Belfast on Saturday are linked.

At around 11am police were alerted that three women had been assaulted by two males travelling in a Volkswagen Golf on Newcastle Road in Dundrum, close to the 12 Arches.

At around 11.40am, a grey Golf car was involved in a crash at Old Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn.

The two male occupants of the Golf hijacked a Peugeot 208 car at the scene before making off.

A short time later police were called to an attempted hijacking and hijacking in the Saintfield Road area of Belfast, close to the Ivanhoe Hotel, following reports of a further road crash.

It was then reported that a Renault Clio car had been taken from its owner at Purdysburn Road.

The Clio was reportedly driven recklessly in the Boucher Road and Beechmount areas of Belfast before being abandoned and set on fire in Beechmount Avenue shortly before 12.25pm.

Detectives believe the same individuals were involved in all the incidents and have appealed for anyone with dashcam footage to come forward and call 101 quoting reference 808 01/06/19.

Sinn Fein councillor Ciaran Beattie said in a Facebook post: "Those responsible are nothing short of an embarrassment, they need to hang their heads in shame."

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