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Man (35) charged after car stolen with two young children inside

A 35-year-old man is to appear before Belfast magistrates court after a car was stolen with two young children inside
Marie Louise McConville

A man arrested after a car was stolen in a busy shopping area of south Belfast with two young children inside is to appear in court today charged with kidnapping and other offences.

A woman had just got out of her vehicle near the Sports Direct store on Boucher Crescent at around 5.25pm on Saturday when a man jumped into the driver's seat and drove off.

The woman's two young children were still inside the car, which was stopped by members of the public.

The children were unharmed.

Police said a 35-year-old man is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court charged with kidnapping, aggravated vehicle taking causing injury, common assault and driving when unfit through drink or drugs.

He is also charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for a preliminary test, failing to provide a specimen when driving unfit, having no driving licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man arrested after a stolen car collided with a police vehicle in Newtownards on Friday night have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police said they were responding to a report of a domestic incident in Donaghadee shortly after 11pm when they observed a car, believed to have been involved, travelling on the Movilla Road into Newtownards.

It failed to stop when signalled to do so and struck the police vehicle a number of times as it escaped.

Two officers who were in the police car suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Police said they located the car a short time later in the Drumhirk Avenue area of Newtownards.

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