Police and public commended following suspected hijacking

25 January 2018

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart has praised the public and the police for their quick response to a suspected hijacking incident in Banbridge Town Centre last night.

Carla Lockhart MLA

Carla Lockhart

The incident occurred during the evening rush hour and involved a female motorist being dragged from her car which was then taken from her. Condemning the incident the Upper Bann representative noted the car subsequent collision with several other vehicles, whilst the culprits attempted to get away.

Speaking on the matter Carla Lockhart said, “At this stage we don’t know the full circumstances of the incident or how these thieves came to be in the town centre but my first thought is for the female motorist involved in this incident. This is a particularly frightening and horrific ordeal.

I would commend the PSNI for their response but the members of the public who intervened deserve our thanks for the detention and subsequent arrest of two suspects. After subjecting the lady to the ordeal of losing her vehicle these two people then hit several others cars as they made their escape. Thankfully vigilant locals stepped in too prevent this. I am encouraged that the police were in the area on patrol at the time of the incident. This will reassure locals that Banbridge is receiving the attention promised. We need to see this maintained and more resources assigned to operational policing with incident like this and burglaries on the rise.”

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