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M1 stolen car crash: Police investigate 'abduction link'

Scene of crash
Image caption The incident happened at rush hour on an M1 onslip at Sprucefield

Police are investigating a possible link between the abduction of a woman in County Down and a stolen car crash on the M1.

A 35-year-old woman was assaulted by a man who forced her into a car in the Hilltown area on Friday morning.

The car was driven to Katesbridge where she managed to escape and raise the alarm. The driver ran off.

A 4X4 was later stolen in Banbridge. It crashed into several vehicles on the M1. A man has been arrested.

The collision happened during rush hour, just before about 08:00 GMT, on an motorway onslip near Sprucefield.

The 29-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of a road traffic collision.

The incident caused long tailbacks on the motorway.

It is understood that police had been monitoring the crashed car's movements.

The green Mercedes 4X4 was stolen at about 07:40 GMT from a family home in Banbridge, a short time after the abducted woman raised the alarm at a farm in Katesbridge.

The woman sustained injuries to her face and head and was treated in hospital.

Image caption The incident caused long tailbacks on the M1 motorway

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