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Man stole car keys from house and repeatedly crashed into underground car park gates

The incident occurred in Millfort Mews, Dunmurry, Co Antrim at about 11.30am this morning.

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A MAN HAS been taken to hospital after he stole car keys from a house before crashing a car repeatedly against the electronic gates of a car park.

The incident occurred in Millfort Mews, Dunmurry, Co Antrim at about 11.30am this morning.

According to PSNI detective sergeant Kelly, the man was “agitated” and had demanded car keys from a number of people in the street.

“An agitated man is understood to have demanded car keys from a number of people on the street before trying to enter some of the homes,” Kelly said.

“He managed to get inside one property, confronted the resident and made off with the keys to a silver Subaru.

The Subaru, which was parked in an underground car park, was then driven repeatedly at the car park’s electronic gates, crashing through them and out onto the street where police officers who attempted to block the Subaru’s path were forced to jump clear along with a number of nearby pedestrians.

Kelly said that the car then came to a stop and the man was removed from the vehicle and arrested.

He was taken to hospital and was due to be questioned on suspicion of attempted robbery, attempted hijacking and a range of driving offences.

Anyone in Antrim who witnessed the incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 101 and quoting reference 452 10/08/17.

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