Pizza van hijack: driver left 'traumatised'

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Media captionThe pizza delivery van was found burnt out in the Creggan area of Londonderry

The owner of a pizza delivery company said his driver was left traumatised after his van was hijacked in Londonderry on Wednesday night.

Three masked men stopped the van at Glenowen Park at about 23:30 BST.

They then drove off in the van, which was later found burnt out at Central Drive, Creggan.

Paul McShane told BBC Radio Foyle that it is the sixth van from Paolo's pizzas to be destroyed in as many years.

He said as well as the impact on his drivers, it has cost his company in the region of £50,000.

"Last night I received a call looking for a delivery to Glenowen.


"The delivery man got out of the van and three masked men approached him and told him they wanted to take the van.

"He told them no but they said if he didn't they would kneecap him.

"His 14-year-old daughter was in the passenger side because she was helping keep him company," he added.

"She was terrified and panicked. I got another call to say that the car was burning at the Creggan shops.

"We just want peace for a local service."

Police have appealed for information.

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