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Gang beats man with baseball bats in Belfast home

A man was beaten with baseball bats by a masked gang during an aggravated burglary in west Belfast on Monday night.

Police have appealed for witnesses and information following the incident in the Lagmore Drive area around 7:25pm.

It was reported that three masked men entered a house armed with a suspected firearm, which they used to threaten a male occupant inside the property.

It was reported the suspects also assaulted the same man with what was described as a baseball bat before they fled, taking a blue BMW that was parked outside the address.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said it was a "frightening ordeal" for the occupants of the house who had been left "badly shaken".

Sinn Fein councillor Daniel Baker said the incident had been "deeply traumatising" for the family.

"Masked men, carrying what appeared to be a gun, burst into a house... and put a family through a horrific ordeal," he said.

"They ransacked the house and made threats against members of the family. The thieves stole the family car before making off and abandoning it nearby.

"Neighbours and the community have rallied round the family. Local people are shocked and angry that a family has been terrorised in this way, especially when we are in the mouth of the festive season. I would appeal to anyone with any information on those responsible for this awful crime to bring it forward to the police."

Detective Sergeant Gardiner appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“Our enquiries are at an early stage, and I want to make a number of appeals today. Were you in the Lagmore Drive area last night just prior to or around the time the incident was reported to us?," he asked

“Did you see any suspicious activity, or any vehicles being driven in a suspicious manner? In particular, did you see a silver-coloured Ford Focus vehicle in the area around this time?

“If you have any information which you believe may assist our investigation, please get in touch with detectives at Musgrave on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1119 of 17/12/18.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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