Three men have been arrested after a man in his 20s was reportedly beaten around the face and head with a pair of bolt cutters in the Cregagh Road area of east Belfast this morning.
The men fled with a sum of cash and a mobile phone following the attack. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following the report of the aggravated burglary which occurred around 7.10am today (Monday 3 December).
Detective Sergeant McCallum said: “It was reported to us that entry was gained to a flat in the Cappagh Gardens area by three intruders around 7am this morning.
“Three men, aged 25, 28 and 30, were later arrested in the west Belfast area on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapon with intent. They are currently in custody, helping with our enquiries,” said Detective Sergeant McCallum.
Police are trying to trace the movements of a silver Ford Mondeo car and they would like to hear from anyone who saw this model of car in the Greenway area of the Cregagh Road around 7am this morning.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed a road traffic collision in the same area around 7.15am involving a similar model of car or anyone who saw a silver Ford Mondeo being driven erratically in the Belfast area,” added Detective Sergeant McCallum.
Please contact detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 149 of 3/12/18.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.