Belfast Telegraph

Watch: Four arrested after van stolen and police attacked

By Jonathan Bell

Police have arrested four men after a van was stolen from a supermarket in the Co Antrim village of Crumlin.

The vehicle, was stolen from outside a supermarket in Crumlin on Wednesday afternoon.  It later hit a parked car before colliding with a wall on the Crumlin Road in Belfast at around 2.45pm.

While making arrests police were attacked. There were no reports of any injuries.

Sergeant Walsh, Belfast District Support Team (DST), said: “We received notification from our colleagues in Antrim that a stolen vehicle was making its way towards Belfast from Crumlin. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle travelling at high speed in heavy traffic.

"Thankfully we were quickly able to locate the van on the Crumlin Road and arrest the occupants on suspicion of a range of offences including dangerous driving.

"A number of DST officers involved in the arrests were assaulted by the suspects, who were then further arrested for assault on police."

The incident unfolded in front of DUP Belfast councillor Dale Pankhurst who had been in the area getting his car fixed.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "First and foremost I want to praise the police on their quick actions in making these arrests.

"Thankfully no one was seriously injured.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information to contact the police to assist them with their investigations."

Four men, aged 18, 19, 20 and 21 remain in police custody on Wednesday evening.

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