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Burglars armed with a knife, hammer and batons attack Belfast resident after breaking into their home

Two south Belfast residents were subjected to a terrifying ordeal after burglars armed with a knife, hammer and batons broke into their property.

Just before midnight on Saturday, it was reported that three armed men forced their way into a property on Melrose Street off the Lisburn Road in south Belfast.

They assaulted two men - who are aged 26 years and 24 years - before making off with a quantity of cash and other personal items.

The three men were armed with a knife, a hammer and batons and they also smashed a number of windows in the property.

The victims required medical treatment at the time of the incident.

Detectives are appealing for information about the incident.

Detective Constable Campbell said: “I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 6 of 18/12/16.”

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