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Man beaten by intruders during spate of break-ins

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/05/2015

A man received injuries to his face in an assault that happened during a spate of armed break-ins across Belfast's main student housing area.

Three incidents were reported within half-an-hour of each other in the Holyland area near Queen's University.

Police have since arrested three men aged 21, 25 and 38.

At around 2am yesterday a man who lives in Fitzroy Avenue awoke to find an unknown intruder in his room.

There was also a second male prowler in the house and when challenged they left the property.

Then at approximately 2.20am police received a report that three men had kicked in the door of a house in Rugby Avenue. One was armed with a knife.

When the male occupant challenged them he was assaulted, receiving injuries to his face.

Ten minutes later it was reported that three men had entered a house in Palestine Street and when challenged by the male occupants they left, only to return a short time later.

They hammered on the door threatening the occupants.

When one of the occupants opened the door the men, one who whom is believed to have been armed with a knife, tried to force their way into the property.

However, the men did not gain entry and left the scene. Police have appealed for any witnesses to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101.

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