Northern Ireland

Belfast City Cemetery: Assaulted woman's car stolen

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Media captionThe women were visiting the City Cemetery in west Belfast when their car was stolen

A woman in her 60s has been assaulted and her car stolen in a west Belfast cemetery.

The victim and another woman in her 70s were visiting the City Cemetery on Monday when they were confronted by two men shortly after 15:00 BST.

The younger woman was assaulted by the men and her Renault Modus car stolen. The other woman was left shaken. Neither required medical attention.

The vehicle was later found burnt out at Norglen Parade.

'Vile attack'

Sinn Féin councillor Stevie Corr said the local community was "disgusted and horrified" by what had happened.

"This was a vile attack by two thugs on two defenceless women visiting a family grave," he said.

"One of these women was punched in the face and had her purse stolen before the attackers drove off in their car.

"The local community worked with police in an effort to recover the victims' car, but unfortunately the thieves burnt it out."

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

One man was described as being approximately 18 to 20 years old, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, of slim build with short black hair and stubble.

He was wearing a blue hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The other man was approximately 18 to 20 years old, about 5ft 10in tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black hooded top.