Woman dragged from car in hijack horror

By Francesca Ryan

CONDEMNATION has been swift after the hijacking of a local woman’s car in Poleglass.
On Saturday evening, a female driver was pulled out of her car on the Brians Well Road by three masked men, one of them thought to be armed, as she delivered medicine to her son. The car was later found burnt out in the estate.
The incident took place shortly after the PSNI were in the Poleglass estate dealing with a number of stolen cars in the early hours of Saturday.
“This is a terrifying incident for this woman and I am shocked that this incident took place in broad daylight at half six on a Saturday evening,” said local SDLP Councillor Brian Heading, “especially when many families and young people have been out enjoying the sunshine. I hope that the woman involved in this incident is able to recover from what must have been a very traumatic experience. I wish her and her young son well, as they come to terms with this horrible ordeal. The presence of a knife in the hands of masked thugs must have been terrifying. These criminals have no thought or feelings for their actions on this family or the local community.
“I would urge all drivers to lock their doors whilst travelling in their cars and be wary of anyone approaching their cars. If anyone has information, please contact the police. We don’t want anyone else to suffer this horrific and terrifying experience.”
Police are appealing for information.
“At approximately 6.35pm,” said a PSNI spokeswoman, “it was reported that a woman was driving her black Vauxhall Zafira in the area. When she slowed down, three males approached the car. The three males all had their faces covered with scarves. One of the males demanded that she get out of the car and it is thought that he may have been armed with a knife. The three males made off in the car which was later found on fire in the Summerhill Road area. The woman was not injured in the incident but was left badly shaken. Anyone who may have seen the car in the area or who knows anything about this incident is asked to contact CID at Lisburn police station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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