Hijacked Tesco van brought to a halt by police stinger following east Belfast pursuit

Two men have been arrested by police after a Tesco van was hijacked and officers used a stinger device to stop it near the Sydenham bypass in east Belfast.

Police said the van was stolen from Georges Street, Newtownards, after 5pm on Friday.

They said the two men – aged 23 and 39 – forced the driver out of the van and then drove him from Ards to Dundonald and then Holywood before the PSNI stopped him in Dee Street.

A PSNi spokesman said: “Two men, aged 23 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of a range of offenses including kidnapping, using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving with a disqualification and assaulting police.

“Both men are currently in custody and are assisting officers in their investigations.

“A number of reports of collisions involving the stolen van and other vehicles have been received at this time and officers are appealing to anyone involved in a collision who has not reported it to police to call 101 immediately with detectives in Contact Bangor. stating the reference number 1273 05/08/22.”

Earlier, eyewitnesses said an unmarked police car and a police Land Rover were involved in the pursuit.

Police reported no injuries in the incident.

Traffic in the area was also affected following the incident, with Trafficwatch NI tweeting: “Road users are advised that there has been a road accident on the A2 Sydenham Bypass approaching the M3, towards the city, and the lanes 1 and 2 blocked, PSNI present, expect delays in area, passable with caution.”

They later reported it had been cleared.

Tesco was contacted for comment. Hijacked Tesco van brought to a halt by police stinger following east Belfast pursuit

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