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Two men go on car hijacking spree after assaulting three women

Firefighters dealing with the burning car on Beechmount Avenue in Belfast. Credit: Ciaran Beattie.
Firefighters dealing with the burning car on Beechmount Avenue in Belfast. Credit: Ciaran Beattie.
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 females had been assaulted by two males travelling in a Volkswagen Golf on the Newcastle Road in Dundrum close to the 12 Arches.

At around 11.40am the grey coloured Volkswagen Golf was involved in a crash on the Old Ballynahinch Road in Lisburn.

The two male occupants of the Volkswagen 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 Ivanhoe Hotel following reports of a further road crash. 

It was then reported that a Renault Clio car had been stolen from its owner on the Purdysburn Road a short time later. 

The Renault Clio was reported to have been 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.

Police have appealed for anyone with dashcam footage of the incidents to come forward.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 808 01/06/19.

Sinn Fein councillor Ciaran Beattie said the incidents show the "worst aspects of anti-social behaviour" in the community.

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

"Our community will not be dragged back.

"I and other local community activists will not be deterred by these thugs."

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