Women carjacked at city cemetery

Published Tuesday, 19 August 2014
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Two women have been targeted in a carjacking at a cemetery in west Belfast.

Women carjacked at city cemetery
Police are appealing for information on the incident. (© UTV)

The pair were at Belfast City Cemetery on the Falls Road on Monday shortly after 3pm when two men approached, attacked one of the women and took her blue Renault Modus car.

The victim, who was in her 60s, did not require medical attention.

The other woman, aged in her 70s, was not assaulted but was left shaken due to the incident.

The car was later found burnt out in the Norglen Parade area of west Belfast.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Stevie Corr said that the community is "disgusted and horrified" by the assault.

"This was a vile attack by two thugs on two defenceless women visiting a family grave. One of these women was punched in the face and had her purse stolen before the attackers drove off in their car," he said.

"The local community worked with police in an effort to recover the victims' car but unfortunately the thieves burnt it out.

"The people who did this are not representative in any way of the people of West Belfast who are appalled at the vicious and senseless nature of this attack."

He added: "I am calling on anyone with any information on the identity of the men who carried out this cowardly assault to contact the PSNI immediately before they hurt anyone else."

One of the assailants is described as being approximately 18 to 20 years old, between 5'10" and 6ft tall, of slim build with short black hair and stubble.

He was wearing a blue-hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The other man is described as being approximately 18 to 20 years old, about 5'10" tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black-hooded top.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID at Woodbourne Police Station on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

© UTV News
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