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PSNI officer injured after Belfast hijack

The male officer was injured when the driver of a suspected stolen car tried to evade police.

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A PSNI OFFICER was injured in the early hours of this morning as the driver of a suspected stolen car tried to evade police.

Two men – aged 19 and 27 – were arrested after the incident which occurred on Suffolk Road in west Belfast at about 3.10am.

Twenty minutes previously, a silver Renault Megane believed to have been stolen, failed to stop for police on Anderstown Road. A short time later, the vehicle was located in the Suffolk Road area and the driver attempted to make off and the officer was subsquently injured.

The officer is currently being treated in hospital for injuries that are described as not life threatening.

The two men remain in custody and are assisting the PSNI with their investigation.

Detectives believe a hijacking of a red Vauxhall Corsa in the Locan Street area at approximately 2.10am is linked to this incident. The male driver of a car slowed down to check on a man that was lying on the ground. When he stopped, another man told him to get out of the car and the two men made off in the direction of Beechmount Avenue. This car was later recovered in the Hannahstown Hill area.

Anyone with any information about either of these incidents is asked to contact CID in Grosvenor Road Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The male driver of a car slowed down to check on a man that was lying on the ground. When he stopped, another man told him to get out of the car and the two men made off in the direction of Beechmount Avenue. This car was later recovered in the Hannahstown Hill area.

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