Driver, passenger ‘shocked’ by Derry hijacking

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The driver of a pizza van and a woman passenger were left “very shocked” after it was hijacked in Derry on Wednesday evening.

Police in the city are appealing for information following the incident which took place in the Glenowen Park area.

At approximately 11.30pm, police received a report that three masked men stopped the vehicle and threatened the driver if he did not hand over the van. They then made off in the van which was later found burnt out in the Central Drive area of Creggan.

No-one was hurt but the two people in the van were “very shaken,” police said.

SDLP MLA for Foyle, Pat Ramsey, condemned those behind the attack.

Mr Ramsey said he understood it was the sixth time the company’s business has been targeted.

“What happened last night in the Glenowen Park area is an absolute disgrace,” said the Foyle MLA. “The van driver was out doing a night’s work for a business that employs dozens of people and is contributing to the local economy when cowards come along and threaten the driver, hijack the van and leave it burnt out at Creggan shops.

“Whatever those responsible for this despicable incident think they are trying to achieve, their belief is nonsense.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this attack on a local business which is, essentially, an attack on the community. I am relieved to hear the driver was uninjured, but I can only imagine it must have been a very traumatic ordeal. I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact police immediately. These type of senseless and sickening attacks must stop.”

Police say they want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the hijacking or the burning of the vehicle. They can be contacted on the non emergency number 101.

Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.