Cllr Geraldine Rice said: “I am shocked by this vicious hijacking. To kidnap the driver, albeit for thirty minutes, just to steal a van shows how callous these men must be. They had absolutely no regard for the wellbeing of this man.
“This must have been a very traumatic experience for the driver of the van, and I hope that he is able to overcome his ordeal.
“I am very concerned that there have been several of these vehicle hijackings in the East Belfast area in the past six months. This latest hijacking is a very worrying development.
“Anybody who has any information about this attack should contact the police. I hope that they are able to catch these men before the carry out another hijacking.”