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Police investigating after car attacked in west Belfast

Footage shared on social media shows a man attacking a car on the Whiterock Road on Monday

POLICE are investigating a report of criminal damage after a car was attacked on a busy west Belfast road in broad daylight.

Officers received a report shortly after 3pm yesterday that a car had been targeted on the Whiterock Road, close to the gates of the City Cemetery.

Footage shared on social media shows a man attacking a black Audi while shouting at the occupants inside the car.

In the video, which has been shared on Twitter and Whatsapp, the man is shown alongside two other people who appear to attempt to pull him away from the car after he repeatedly strikes the windscreen.

A second woman can also be seen in the video attempting to speak to the driver.

The car, which stopped in the middle of the road, is seen driving away from the scene with damage visible on the front, rear and side windscreens.

The footage was taken by passing motorists and captures the man wielding an object used to attack the car being held back by a man and a woman as the vehicle departs.

A PSNI spokeswoman said police received a report of criminal damage to a car.

"Officers attended after receiving the report shortly after 3pm that a car had been attacked with a weapon and damage caused to windows and a wing mirror," she said.

"The driver was not injured. An alteration followed some time later between individuals in the area".

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