'Suspicious' crash alert on Falls over

Published Friday, 22 August 2014
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The Falls Road in west Belfast has reopened as a security alert caused by an abandoned stolen car has ended.

'Suspicious' crash alert on Falls over
A security operation on the Falls Road continued overnight into Friday. (© Pacemaker)

The alert began at around 5.30pm on Thursday when the occupants of a vehicle stolen from the Whiterock Road area ran off after it was involved in a collision.

A woman and child from another car were taken to hospital for treatment.

The road was sealed off while the army bomb squad examined the vehicle but they found nothing untoward.

It has since been taken away for further examination.

West Belfast Area Commander, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, said: "This examination and recovery was done so in a way to ensure both the safety of the public and police officers.

"In this instance, there was no requirement to evacuate anyone from their homes or businesses, however, we fully understand that it's very difficult and frustrating when you are trying to go about your daily business or commute to work and can assure you that this was necessary to ensure the safety of the local community and to protect everyone.

"Public safety is of paramount importance and the blame must lie with those behind the security alert."

Chief Inspector McNally added: "Police would like to thank the public for their continued patience and understanding on this."

Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the collision or who has any information about the incident is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Dee in Belfast wrote (155 days ago):
The baloon driving obviously couldnt handle that car. Jail isnt good enough for them.
eamonn in belfast wrote (155 days ago):
It was a straightforward car theft carried out by the lowlife scum that plague parts of Belfast. Why the overreaction by the PSNI. Does this mean that every time a stolen car is abandoned or crashed in Belfast we are going to have shutdown. Overtime for the boys in time for Xmas me thinks.
Steve in Newtownabbey wrote (156 days ago):
learn how to spell you clown ...
Belfast in Belfast wrote (156 days ago):
I think Falls Road need more Police patrols in the night. My car was stolen 6 mths ago and abonded in Falls arena .All the time we can hear abouts cars abonded in this place . Why Police nothink doing with thats scumbags what stealing cars. ... In europe if u steal car and catch you Police ,goin to jail for minimum 6 months!!!!
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