PSNI officer injured by stolen car in west Belfast

A PSNI officer sustains chest injuries as he is crushed against a vehicle in west Belfast. Conor Macauley reports.

A police officer has sustained chest injuries in an incident involving a stolen car in west Belfast.

It is understood he was crushed against another vehicle when he tried to open the door of the stolen car.

It happened in the Suffolk Inn car park on Suffolk Road at about 03:10 BST. Two men aged 27 and 19, have been arrested.

The officer was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The area around the car park has been sealed off as police carry out a follow-up operation.

Hijacking

A PSNI spokesman said a silver Renault Megane, which is believed to have been stolen, failed to stop for police on the Andersonstown Road at about 02:50 BST.

The officer was hurt about 20 minutes later, when the vehicle was located on the Suffolk Road.

Police said they believe the incident is linked to an earlier hijacking of a red Vauxhall Corsa in west Belfast.

At about 02:10 GMT, a motorist driving the Corsa slowed down to check on a man who appeared to be lying injured on the ground on Locan Street.

As he did so, he was forced out of his car and two men got into his vehicle and drove off towards Beechmount Avenue.

The stolen Corsa was later recovered in the Hannahstown Hill area.

Police have appealed to anyone with information about either incident to contact them.

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