Omagh bus depot ‘attempted hijacking and assault’ leads to arrests

Four people have been arrested after an alleged attempted hijacking and assault was reported to have taken place at a bus depot.

The PSNI say a man was sitting in the car park of the bus depot in Omagh on Thursday, October 12, at around 9.45pm when he was approached by four men. One of the men is alleged to have taken the keys from the ignition of the car while the others are said to have got in the back and demanded the driver to drive.

When the man refused, police say he was taken from the car and assaulted, and further assaulted by a woman while he was on the ground.

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It is alleged that the group attempted to drag the man into the boot of their own vehicle before fleeing the scene

“At approximately 9.45pm on Thursday, 12th October a man who was in the car park of a bus depot in the Drumragh Avenue area was approached by four men,” a PSNI statement said.

“One of the men took the keys from the ignition of the man’s vehicle and the others got into the back seat and demanded the man to drive or get into the boot.

“When the man refused they pulled him from the vehicle and began assaulting him by hitting and kicking him. He was also assaulted by a woman when lying on the ground.

“They then attempted to drag the victim into the boot of their vehicle before fleeing the scene in their own car.

“The victim received medical treatment for his injuries and a short time later police arrested three men aged 25, 23 and 22 and a woman aged 21 on suspicion of a number of offences, including attempted hijacking.

“They remain in custody at this time, assisting with enquiries. We are appealing to anyone with information about what happened to get in touch with us.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have been travelling in the area shortly before or after 9.30pm on Thursday and saw any suspicious activity to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 1948 12/10/23.”

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