Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men on suspicion of hijacking a Tesco delivery van in Co Down.

Police received a report that the vehicle had been hijacked at Georges Street in Newtownards shortly before 5pm, after two men forced the driver from the van.

The van was then driven from Newtownards through Dundonald and Holywood before officers used a stinger device at Dee Street, bringing the vehicle to a halt a short distance away on the Sydenham bypass, outside Belfast.

The men, aged 23 and 39, are being held on suspicion of a number of offences including hijacking, using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving whilst disqualified and assault on police.

The PSNI said that a number of reports of collisions involving the stolen van and other vehicles had been received, and they appealed to anyone involved in a collision but report it to police in Bangor.