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23/05/2008

Lorry Hijackers Sought

A dramatic hijacking incident in Co Antrim has been revealed.

An articulated lorry driver was driven away in the boot of a car after his vehicle was taken near the port of Larne in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The driver was on the main Larne to Belfast road at about 2.30am on Thursday when men in a silver Audi car indicated something was wrong with the lorry.

When the driver stopped to check he was bundled into the boot of the car and driven off.

He was later released at a hotel on the Antrim Road, Glengormley.

The ransacked lorry was recovered at the scene of the hijacking.

It is not yet known if anything was stolen from the vehicle, which was carrying foodstuffs.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who witnessed the hijacking, or noticed the hijackers or a silver Audi car at Belfast Road in Larne or at the Antrim Road in Glengormley.

Meanwhile, another commercial vehicle has been making the news, but this time after an accident.

A major clear-up took place after the lorry - carrying 20,000 litres of petrol and diesel - overturned near the County Londonderry village of Newbuildings.

Two families were moved from their homes after the accident on the A5, the main Londonderry to Strabane road. The driver was not injured.

(BMcC)

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