A hijacked Tesco van that was taken for a joyride was brought to a halt by police using a stinger device.

The PSNI said the delivery van was stolen in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, after 5pm on Friday before being taken for an impromptu tour of nearby towns.

Two men forced the driver from the van and drove it from Ards to Dundonald and then Holywood, before it ended up being stopped at a busy bypass in Belfast by police.

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The men, aged 23 and 39, were promptly arrested.

Witnesses said that they saw an unmarked police car and a PSNI Land Rover chasing the vehicle which was wrapped in Tesco livery.

A number of collisions were also reported, according to Polcie Service Northern Ireland officers.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Two men, aged 23 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including hijacking, using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving whilst disqualified and assault on police.

"Both men are currently in custody assisting officers with their enquiries.

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“A number of reports of collisions involving the stolen van and other vehicles have been received at this time and officers are appealing to anyone involved in a collision but who has not reported it to police to get in touch with detectives in Bangor immediately on 101, quoting reference number 1273 05/08/22.”

Despite several reported collisions, police said there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We are aware of this incident and are currently helping the police with their investigation and supporting those involved”.


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