Northern Ireland

Man struck after van is hijacked in east Belfast

A man has been struck several times after a gang hijacked his van in east Belfast.

The incident happened at Newton Park at 0230 BST. The man, who is in his 20s, was approached by five men who said they were armed with guns.

He was then put in a black Ford Focus car and driven to a wooded area at Hannahstown Hill in west Belfast where he was released 30 minutes later.

Police said the man did not receive any major injuries in the attack.