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Arrest after attempted robbery and two attempted hijackings in west Belfast

An attempted robbery and two attempted hijackings in west Belfast may be linked, police have said

AN attempted robbery and two attempted hijackings in west Belfast may be linked, police have said.

A hooded man armed with a knife attempted to hijack a red BMW 1 Series car after it stopped at traffic lights at the junction of Falls Road and Donegall Road at around 10pm on Tuesday.

The driver managed to pull away and contact police.

Shortly after 10.30pm three men, one armed with a hammer, attempted to hijack a red Citroen C4 Picasso parked on the Falls Road. The second driver also managed to pull away.

Both were said to be shaken by their ordeal but were not harmed.

At around 11.40pm police then received a call about an attempted robbery at a restaurant on the Falls Road. A man was arrested and was being questioned last night.

Police said they were investigating "potential links" between the robbery and attempted hijackings and appealed for information.

Meanwhile, three men aged 19, 21 and 25 were arrested after a car failed to stop for police on Old Milltown Road in south Belfast yesterday afternoon.

The Audi they were travelling in crashed into a Suzuki car shortly after 1.45pm. They remained in custody last night.

A woman who was in the Suzuki was not seriously injured in the collision.

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