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Three arrested after gang beat man with bolt cutters during Belfast burglary

Three people have been arrested after a man was beaten with bolt cutters during an aggravated burglary in east Belfast.

Police appealed for witnesses after the incident in the Cregagh road area around 7.10am on Monday.

It was reported to police that entry was gained to a flat in the Cappagh Gardens area by three intruders around 7am on Monday morning. 

The occupant of the flat, a man in his 20s, was beaten around the face and head with a pair of bolt cutters before the men left with a sum of cash and a mobile phone. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

Three men aged 25, 28 and 30 were later arrested in the west Belfast area on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapon with intent. They are currently in custody, helping police with their enquiries.

Police are trying to trace the movements of a silver Ford Mondeo car and would like to hear from anyone who saw this model of car in the Greenway area of the Cregagh road around 7am on Monday morning. 

"We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed a road traffic collision in the same area around 7.15am involving a similar model of car or anyone who saw a silver Ford Mondeo being driven erratically in the Belfast area," Detective Sergeant McCallum said.

“Please contact detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 149 of 3/12/18.

"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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