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Masked man armed with wheel brace forces entry into Belfast home

A man and a woman have been left badly shaken after a masked man forced his way into their home armed with a wheel brace.

It happened in a house in the Grace Avenue area of Belfast on Thursday December 8. At approximately 11.45pm police received a report that a masked man, who is believed to have been brandishing a wheel brace, forced his way into a house.

When the male resident confronted him he fled from the premises, along with two other men who had been standing outside the property.

A man and a woman who were in the house at the time were not injured but left very badly shaken.

Detective Sergeant Michael Hawthorne appeals to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1440 08/12/16.

Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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