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Belfast mum terrified after masked gang with hammers smash up home

By Rachel Martin

Published 22/02/2016

Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where masked men carrying hammers broke in and smashed windows of the property.
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where masked men carrying hammers broke in and smashed windows of the property.
The damage to the front door
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where four masked men carrying hammers broke in and threatened a woman
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where four masked men carrying hammers broke in and threatened a woman
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where four masked men carrying hammers broke in and threatened a woman
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where four masked men carrying hammers broke in and threatened a woman
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where four masked men carrying hammers broke in and threatened a woman
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where masked men carrying hammers broke in and smashed windows of the property.
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where four masked men carrying hammers broke in and threatened a woman
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 20, Pictured is the scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast as four masked men carrying hammers broke in and smashed windows of the property and threatened a woman who was inside with her 3 yo son on February 20, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where masked men carrying hammers broke in and smashed windows of the property.
Scene at a property in Moyard Parade in west Belfast where masked men carrying hammers broke in and smashed windows of the property.
The damage to the bathroom

A woman has spoken of her fear after four masked men armed with hammers forced their way into her west Belfast home, threatening her and smashing windows and furniture.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was not injured but has been left shaken by the ordeal.

Police said the incident at Moyard Parade was reported shortly after 8pm on Friday.

The Belfast woman told the BBC her three-year-old son slept through the attack, in which the gang of men claiming to be from the IRA forced their way into her house.

The thugs told her she had 24 hours to leave her home before they started to smash windows, furniture and electrical appliances.

The frightening attack was the second incident of this type in the area in recent days.

Another woman who was in the house at the time was not hurt.

The men were wearing dark clothing, with their faces covered, and are believed to have fled the scene on foot.

A similar attack on Tuesday night targeted another house on the same road.

The 28-year-old woman who lives there said four or five masked men smashed the windows of her home, but did not get inside.

The men also shouted that they were from the IRA and told the woman she had 24 hours to get out.

She told the BBC she had not been back to the house since the attack and was terrified.

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