A Belfast nurse was shocked after her shift, as her car was hijacked as she was leaving work at Mater Hospital.
The incident was reported to police around 7.55am Saturday morning, and a man with a gray hood over the top and bottom ordered the woman to get out of her car.
The incident has been condemned by local councilman Paul McCusker, and the police have asked anyone in the area who witnessed the kidnapping to get in touch.
“Some members of the nursing staff who contacted me told me that they did not feel safe and that they often had to leave work together, this incident left them very distressed and upset,” McCusker said.
“’Our nurses have kept us all safe and working very hard during the pandemic, they certainly do not deserve to be treated like this and they should feel safe going to and from their workplace.
“I will speak with the PSNI after this incident and raise the concerns of the nurses with the Belfast Trust.
“We are very grateful to our nursing staff for all their hard work and that they continue to respond to current pressures. If anyone has information or has seen something, I encourage them to report it to the police. “
In a statement, PSNI Sgt. Wilson: “Detectives are requesting information following a report of a kidnapping in the Crumlin Road area of North Belfast on Saturday morning July 31st.
“We received a report that a man approached a woman who was in a parked car, a red Mini Cooper. This was at approximately 7.55 a.m. M. And it happened just as the woman was leaving work.
“The man, who was wearing a gray hooded T-shirt and gray pants, opened the car door and ordered the woman out. Then he headed in the direction of Annesley Street.
“The woman, although physically unharmed, has understandably been shocked.
“This happened just before 8 a.m. M., When people would have gone out and taken care of their business, and I’m asking anyone with information, or who has captured dash cam footage, to contact us at 101 quoting reference number 494 from 31 /. 07/21.
“You can also make a report using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport.
“Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
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