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Four attempted hijackings reported in Co Antrim on one day

Two of the hijackings are believed to be linked. In one case, it was a woman driver who was targeted, while a male delivery was targeted in the other.

FOUR VEHICLES WERE targeted in attempted hijackings in Co Antrim yesterday.

Police in Newtownabbey are investigating two attempted hijackings which took place in the Woodburn Road and Blackthorn Park areas yesterday morning, Saturday 22 December. The two incidents occurred between 9.10am and 10.20am.

In the first incident, it was reported that a male approached a female driver in the forecourt of a filling station in the Woodburn Road area at approximately 9.10am and attempted to take her vehicle before fleeing the area on foot.

A second report said that a delivery driver in his van had been approached by a male who ordered him out of the vehicle in the Blackthorn Park area at approximately 10.20am. The driver of the van drove off. There were no reports of any injuries.

Police later arrested a 23 year old male in connection with the incidents. He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

If anyone has information relating to these incidents, they are asked to contact police in Newtownabbey on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide their information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

South Belfast

Meanwhile, police in South Belfast are investigating an attempted hijacking which took place in the Ava Street area late last night.

At approximately 11.15pm it was reported that a masked male dressed in dark clothing approached a female driver of a car with what is described as a suspected firearm. He ordered her out of the vehicle, but she managed to drive off. The woman was not injured but was left badly shaken.

Police are also investigating an unconnected attempted hijacking which took place in Royal Avenue area last night. Police received a report at 11.30pm that two males had approached a car in the area earlier that evening and ordered a female driver out of her vehicle. She managed to drive off from the scene.

Neither the driver nor her female passenger were injured in the incident, but her vehicle was slightly damaged.

If anyone has information relating to either of these incidents, they are asked to contact police in Musgrave on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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