Northern Ireland

Belfast bonfire hit and run car is found

The injured people were attending a bonfire in the Village area of south Belfast
Image caption The injured people were attending a bonfire in the Village area of south Belfast

Police have found the car which was involved in a hit and run incident at a bonfire in south Belfast on Monday.

Seven people, including two children, were injured when the car hit a group of people at Coolfin Street close to Belfast City Hospital.

The police said arrangements are being made to speak to the driver of the car.

A local community worker, Paula Bradshaw, said that her understanding was that the driver had panicked and that his actions were not malicious.

However, Ulster Unionist councillor for the area, Bob Stoker, who was at the bonfire, said he believed it was deliberate.

"The driver slowed right down and then sped up again, straight at the crowd.

"The car had a Belfast registration so you would think that it would be someone who would be familiar with the area."

He added that nine ambulances had attended the scene while other people with minor injuries had walked to the nearby City Hospital.

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson said the injured included a woman in a wheelchair.

She added that local people wanted to know why the PSNI had not closed off the road to through traffic during the bonfire.

More on this story