Woman hit with hammer on Belfast's Lisburn road as thug attempts to steal handbag
A woman has been attacked on the Lisburn Road in south Belfast by a man armed with a hammer.
The incident happened shortly after 11pm on Friday.
The woman was assaulted outside a restaurant by the man who attempted to take her handbag. A struggle ensued when the woman refused to hand it over.
She was then was struck with the hammer a number of times on the arm before the man made off, empty-handed, along nearby Lower Windsor Avenue.
He was described as being around 5’6” tall and was wearing a grey hooded top, blue jeans and a dark coloured baseball cap.
Detective Constable McShane said: "The woman suffered bruising to her arm and was left badly shaken following the incident.”
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 1398 of 17/02/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.