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17/02/2017

PSNI Officers Injured After Stolen Car Crashes Into Vehicle In West Belfast

Two police officers have been injured after a stolen car crashed into their vehicle in west Belfast.

A silver Volkswagen, which had been reported stolen in the Castlereagh area in connection with a creeper style burglary on Wednesday morning, collided with the PSNI vehicle in the Cullingtree area just before 9.45pm on Wednesday, 15 February.

Police are also investigating reports that a similar vehicle was driving erratically in the Fall's Road area at the time of an earlier shooting incident on Wednesday evening.

The officers injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
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A 17-year-old male has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to the vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking in which vehicle is being driven dangerously, failing to stop, failing to report, failing to remain, theft, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. 

He is due to appear before before Belfast Youth Court on Friday, 17 February.

Detective Inspector Mary White said: "There is only one police service in West Belfast, and that’s the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I would appeal to all members of the West Belfast community, if you witnessed anything to come forward to detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101 or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

(CD)

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