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A man has been arrested after a car crime spree in Co Londonderry. Stock image.

A man has been arrested after a car crime spree in Co Londonderry. Stock image.

A man has been arrested after a car crime spree in Co Londonderry. Stock image.

A man has been arrested after a car crime spree in Co Londonderry.

In one of the incidents in Magheramason, a driver pleaded with a car hijacker to give a woman in her 80s time to get out of their vehicle before he made off in the stolen car.

Both women were left “badly shaken” following the incident on Monday night, the PSNI said at the time.

It was reported the man approached the car and shouted at the driver, aged in her 50s, to get out before reaching into the vehicle and trying to undo her seatbelt.

The driver then pleaded with the man that her elderly passenger needed more time to get out safely.

When both women were out of the vehicle the suspect drove off in it.

Two other attempted car hijackings were reported to police in the area around the same time.

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The man, aged 33 years old, was arrested on suspicion of hijacking, attempted hijacking and arson. He has since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses in relation to the hijacking and attempted hijackings and they are asking anyone with information about any of these incidents to call them at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 2585 of 12/07/21.


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