Investigation launched into attempted hijacking in Derry

 

Detectives in Strand road investigating an attempted hijacking last night in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry have arrested a 49 year old man.

At around 12.50am last night police received a report of a man entering the driver's seat of a car whilst a female and two children were present.

The suspect attempted to drive the car away but was unable to do so, he then proceeded to try and take the handbag from the woman sitting in the passenger seat, however he fled the scene empty handed. The woman and children were left unharmed.

A short time later police apprehended the suspect and he was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including Attempted Hijacking, Attempted Robbery and In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drink or drugs.

Detective Sergeant Richard Donnell is appealing to anyone in the area last night at around 12.50am and may have seen the incident to please get in contact with detectives in Strand Road by calling 101