By Paul Ainsworth

SHOPPERS on South Belfast’s Lisburn Road have been issued with a warning that they should remain aware of the potential danger of car hijackers.

The call from a local councillor follows yet another attempted carjacking incident, the latest in a spate which has sparked fears right across the city. Balmoral Alliance Councillor Tom Ekin hit out at the “brazen” daylight incident on the upper Lisburn Road last Thursday, in which a female driver who parked close to a service station was approached by an unknown male.

Police said the incident, which took place shortly after 9.30am, left the woman “badly shaken”. The would-be hijacker demanded the keys to her silver coloured car, but a passer-by intervened and the male ran off.

Mr Ekin said: “We had hoped this had begun to die down, but this brazen incident stresses the need for all drivers to remain aware of this threat. This also shows that anyone shopping along the length of the Lisburn Road should be careful when parking their vehicle before going to any of the shops.

“Be aware of what’s going on around you at all times as,  as we have seen, these people will try to steal at any time of the day. Once again, I would say that someone knows who these individuals are and should pass on information to police immediately.”

The PSNI called for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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