Man stabbed by gang during burglary in west Belfast
A man has been left with stab wounds following a "brutal and vicious" attack at his Belfast home on Monday night.
Detectives are investigating the aggravated burglary in the west of the city which also left a female occupant needing hospital treatment.
A four-year-old child was also in the property, at Britton's Parade off the Whiterock Road, at the time of the attack.
Police say the 29-year-old man was reportedly attacked with a knife and sustained injuries to his face, head and hands, while the woman was grabbed by the neck and forced upstairs after a gang had forced entry to the house.
"We received a report just after 10.15pm that three masked men forced entry to a house in the Britton's Parade area of Ballymurphy," Detective Sergeant Dave Stewart confirmed.
"There were three occupants in the house at the time, two adults and a young child, aged four.
"Upon entry one of the masked men is reported to have gone into the living room and grabbed the female occupant by her neck and forced her upstairs where he carried out a search.
"The other two suspects made their way into the kitchen area where it was reported they attacked the male occupant with a knife.
"He sustained injuries to one of his hands, and to his face and head.
"The intruders subsequently made off on foot.
"The male was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, while the female was also taken to hospital for treatment for shock.
"This was a brutal and vicious attack which must have been a frightening experience for the occupants of this house, who have understandably been left shaken by their ordeal."
Police say they are following a number of lines of enquiry and have appealed for information.
"I want to appeal to anyone who was in the Britton's Parade area last night and saw three males acting suspiciously, in the time before the incident was reported to us or in the period afterwards," said Detective Sergeant Stewart. "If you have information you believe may assist our investigation, call detectives at Musgrave on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1395 of 01/04/19."
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.