20/12/2001

Lifeguard involved in search for car suspects

Three people have been arrested after the coastguard became involved in the search for suspected car thieves.

The incident happened during the early hours of Thursday morning when police attempted to stop two cars on the Kilkeel Road near Newcastle in County Down.

The occupants of one car ran off when approached by police and one occupant jumped over a wall before becoming trapped on a cliff.

In a rescue operation two Newcastle lifeboats were subsequently launched, however the other occupants of the vehicle were later found on land at around 7am and were detained by police.

A second car later crashed in Newcastle, however the people in the car fled the scene of the accident and have yet to be found. (MB)

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