Two men steal ICE CREAM VAN and go on drunken rampage before being arrested in Belfast
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Two men steal ICE CREAM VAN and go on drunken rampage before being arrested in Belfast

TWO MEN were arrested in Belfast on Tuesday night after stealing an ice cream van and later crashing it into a parked car.

The incident happened in the Lagmore View area of Belfast on Tuesday at approximately 9pm after two men, aged 23 and 28, stormed the ice cream van after being involved in a verbal altercation with the driver.

The suspects then took off down the road in the van before eventually crashing into a car parked by the side of the road, nearly hitting a pedestrian.

The pedestrian in question was then physically assaulted by the men, both of whom were believed to be intoxicated, either on drink or drugs.

The van was then abandoned and it's understood the men took a significant sum of money from the vehicle.

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Police later detained a 23-year-old on suspicion of driving under the influence and taking a motor vehicle without authority.

A 28-year-old was later arrested in suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs, taking a motor vehicle without authority and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Both men remained in custody overnight, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Authorities are now seeking information from the public.

Sergeant Marks said: "I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night and may have captured footage of the van being driven in the area, from 9pm onwards, to contact us.

"I would also appeal to anyone who has information about this incident, including the assault of a man in the Teeling Avenue area, to get in touch with us by calling 101, quoting reference number 1796 18/02/20."

Details can also be provided in confidence via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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