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Belfast mum begs for baby's life after waking to find burglar holding knife to son's throat

A Belfast mum has spoken of her horror at waking to find a burglar holding a knife to the throat of her baby son.

Two men broke into the south Belfast family home of Nicole McGrillen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

She woke to find one man holding a knife to her six-month old son's neck and another standing over her and her partner while also brandishing a knife.

"Absolutely heartbroken," she said in a Facebook post.

"Terrifying having to beg for the life of your baby and your own when you are so helpless.

"What scumbags would hold a knife to a six-month-old baby's neck and threaten their life?"

She said the men stole a lot of items including Christmas presents for her son.

"Things are replaceable," she added, "just thanking my lucky stars I have my family safe, absolutely terrifying someone was definitely watching over us all, thank God."

Two men have been arrested on a number of offences and are currently in police custody. The PSNI has appealed for anyone with information to contact its officers.

Detective Sergeant Philip McCullagh, added: “Police received a report at around 2.10 am that two males had gained entry into a house in the Stranmillis Gardens area occupied by three women, one man and two children.

“The males were reported to be armed with knives taken from the kitchen of the property.

“When confronted by one of the female occupants, the two males fled the scene with a number of items including a laptop, mobile phone and a purse.

“Police subsequently stopped two men nearby who matched the description given by the occupant and a number of items were recovered. Two men aged 25 and 30 were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including aggravated burglary and assault on police and are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.

“Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area or who may have information which could help them with their enquiries to contact the Reducing Offending Unit on 101 quoting reference number 71 of 23/11/2017.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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