Stolen car crashed into police vehicle

Police have appealed for witnesses

Police have appealed for witnesses

A 17-year-old male is due to appear in court on Friday charged with a number of driving offences after a stolen car collided with a police vehicle in west Belfast on Wednesday night.

Two police officers sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision in the Cullingtree area shortly before 9.45pm.

The car, a silver Volkswagen, had been reported stolen in the Castlereagh area as a result of a suspected creeper style burglary early on Wednesday morning.

Police are also investigating reports that a similar vehicle was driving erratically in the Falls Road area at the time of an earlier shooting incident on Wednesday evening.

Detective Inspector Mary White appealed to members of the west Belfast community who witnessed anything to come forward.

She added: “There is only one police service in west Belfast, and that’s the Police Service of Northern Ireland. We are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days every week, protecting the public and serving the local community.”