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Man pulled from car by hijackers

The incident occurred in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, yesterday. Meanwhile, PSNI members were attacked by youths throwing stones and petrol bombs in Derry.

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A MAN WAS left bruised after being pulled out of his car in a hijacking in Co Antrim this weekend.

Meanwhile, in Co Derry police came under fire from youths wielding petrol bombs.


Detectives in Newtownabbey are appealing for information following the report of a hijacking incident in the Woodburn Road area of Carrickfergus on Saturday.

They said that at around 10pm a male driver parked his car in a layby to answer a phone call. As he did so, he was pulled from his black Renault Clio car by a man. The car was driven off and found on fire in the Northland Court area of the town around 20 minutes later.

The driver was taken to Antrim Hospital and treated for cuts and bruising sustained in the incident.

The alleged hijacker was described as being in his late 20′s or early 30′s, around 6″ tall with short hair and was wearing black Adidas tracksuit bottoms, a light-coloured t-shirt and a light-coloured scarf.

Detectives would ask anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the Woodburn Road area or the Northland Court area to contact CID at Newtownabbey on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111

Police attacked

In Co Derry’s Bogside at around 5.40pm yesterday, a police patrol in the Westland Street area was attacked by youths throwing stones and two petrol bombs.

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Police said that at around 6pm reports were received that petrol bombs had been thrown into the Fountain Estate at Bishop Street, so police were sent to the scene.

Police observed a number of youths in the Durrow Park area of the Bogside carrying petrol bombs and between the City Walls and the Bogside they seized a number of petrol bombs which have been taken for forensic examination.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of petrol bombs and riotous behaviour. He has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries. The area was reported as calm by 8pm.

Police investigating the incident will view CCTV footage to identify those engaged in disorder, and further arrests are expected.

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