Baby caught up in attempted hijacking

Lough Ree Lifeboat searching for missing Armagh angler Daryl Burke.
Lough Ree Lifeboat searching for missing Armagh angler Daryl Burke.

An 11-month-old baby was in the back seat of a car involved in an attempted hijacking in west Belfast.

Police are appealing for information after the 8.25pm incident on the Stewartstown Road on January 18 (Friday) when a black Alfa Romeo car boxed in the victim’s car - in which the baby and a couple in their 30s were travelling - and ordered the driver to open the door.

The victim managed to reverse away from the scene.

Although the couple and their baby were not injured in the incident they were left badly shaken.

A PSNI spokesman said the Alfa Romeo used in the incident was discovered on Saturday morning (January 17) outside a house in the Caffrey Avenue area.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted hi-jacking and a number of other related offences.

He was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector David Skelly said, “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which may be of assistance to contact Police at Lisburn on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”