Three men in custody following Shankill Road police pursuit

Crashed car at the centre of a security alert in the Shankill area of Belfast
Crashed car at the centre of a security alert in the Shankill area of Belfast

Police have arrested three men following a brief car chase in Belfast’s Shankill Road area.

The incident began in Agnes Street around 11am and resulted in a stolen BMW crashing into a Garden Wall in Northumberland Street.

Forensic experts at scene of security alert in the Agnes Street area of the Shankill Road on Friday afternoon

Forensic experts at scene of security alert in the Agnes Street area of the Shankill Road on Friday afternoon

A police spokesman said three men are being questioned.

Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie said: “Just after 11am this morning a suspected stolen vehicle failed to stop for police, drove through a red traffic light and collided with another vehicle before hitting a wall.

“The occupant of the other vehicle was subsequently taken to hospital. All three men remain in custody and an investigation is currently underway.”

D/I McHaffie added: “I am appealing for anyone else who may have witnessed this incident, or have any information about it, to call police on 101 quoting reference number 378 of 02/12/16. Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”