Car rammed in chase by men with bar and machete


Men armed with bars and a machete attacked a car at an illegal road block in Londonderry on Friday, before mounting a car chase through the city and repeatedly ramming their target.

Police at Strand Road are appealing for information about the incident in which a group of men caused damage to the car.

Two men were in a black Vauxhall Astra at Foyle Road when their route was blocked by another car, a dark Volkswagen Passat.

Two men got out of the Passat and attacked the Astra. One of them had an iron bar or baseball bat, the other had a machete. The front passenger was about 6ft tall of a thin build and was wearing a snood covering his face and his hood was up. The rear drivers’ side passenger was shorter and wearing a blue hoody, scarf covering his face, hood up.

The Astra driver managed move off, but the Passat followed the victim and the route taken was Foyle Road City bound, Lower Bennet Street, Abercorn Road, Lecky Flyover, Rossville Street, Great James Street, and Strand Road. The cars collided a number of times before the Astra driver was able to make good his escape.

If anyone is able to help the investigating officer identify the offending vehicle or its occupant please get in touch with Constable Catherine Connolly at Strand Road Police Station. The number to call is 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.