20/12/2018

Armed Gang Threaten Man To Leave East Belfast

A gang of men armed with baseball bats and a suspected firearm have threatened a man and ordered him to leave east Belfast during an aggravated break-in.

The incident took place at a house on Island Street at around 9pm on Monday 17 December.

Three men are believed to have been involved, one carrying a suspected gun and two were armed with bats.

Detective Sergeant Corrigan said: "The men are reported to have assaulted the male occupant and threatened him to leave the area. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured as a result of the assault.
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"Following the report being received today (Wednesday 19), our enquiries led us to arrest a 32-year-old man in east Belfast on suspicion of aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. The arrested man is currently in custody assisting us with our enquiries.

"Our investigation is ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 445 19/12/18."

Alternatively information can be given to police anonymously through independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



(JG)

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