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Maskey comments after west Belfast car chase

28 October, 2010

Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey is this afternoon at the scene of a car crash in Andersonstown following a high speed car chase involving the PSNI’s Auto Crime Team.

Commenting after the pursued car crashed into a black taxi on the Andytown Road Mr Maskey said;

“it is not yet fully clear what happened here this afternoon, if this car was stolen or being used as a runaround; we are waiting for confirmation at this stage.

What is clear though is that it is down to the quick actions of the black taxi man, whose vehicle was hit by the car, that his passengers weren’t seriously injured.

The actions of the driver of the car are to be totally condemned – he has brought carnage to a busy thoroughfare in the middle of the afternoon during the midterm break. It is by sheer luck that we aren’t dealing with fatalities this afternoon.

It is vital that the Ombudsman’s Office immediately begins a process of investigating the actions of those PSNI officers in pursuit of this vehicle to ensure they adhered completely to protocol.

My thoughts are with those people injured today as a result of this incident.” CRÍOCH

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