Northern Ireland

Two charged after assault on police and hijacking in west Belfast

The scene at the Suffolk Inn car park
Image caption The officer was hurt as he tried to open the door of a car outside the Suffolk Inn on Saturday

Two men, aged 19 and 27, have been charged in connection with an assault on police and hijacking after a PSNI officer was injured in west Belfast.

The 19-year-old is further accused of causing grievous bodily injury to the police officer by dangerous driving.

The officer sustained chest injuries as he tried to stop a car in Suffolk Inn car park on Suffolk Road on Saturday.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The men are due in Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday.

The pair have also been charged with motoring offences.

The officer was injured at about 03:10 BST as he tried to open the door of a silver Renault Megane.

Police said it is believed the car had been taken without consent.

They have linked the assault on police at Suffolk Road to an earlier hijacking of a red Vauxhall Corsa in Locan Street, west Belfast.