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Drivers warned over spate of carjackings in Belfast

There have been at least ten car hijackings in the city over the past two weeks – and an MLA has warned of possible deaths if they continue.

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THE PSNI HAS warned drivers to be vigilant following a spate of carjackings in Belfast over the past two weeks.

At least ten cars have been hijacked in recent days.  Police have not found a link between the attacks and are examining whether the spate is the result of copycats, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

The latest attempt took place in south Belfast last night when a female passenger was ordered out of her car by a man close to the Lisburn Road.

The woman refused to leave the car and the man drove it for around 20 yards with the female passenger still in the car before passers-by intervened.

Alliance MLA Anna Lo said today that someone may be killed if the spate of carjackings continues.

“Somebody could be hit by one of these stolen cars or the hijackers themselves may be killed if they lose control of the car,” said the South Belfast MLA.

She calls on the police to move resources to deal with the crimes and reassure the public.

The PSNI has urged drivers to keep doors locked while driving and to keep valuables out of view. Drivers have also been warned to beware of anyone who approaches their car.

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