Belfast Telegraph

Woman hit with hammer by burglar in Belfast

By Victoria Leonard

An aggravated burglary in which a woman was struck in the face with a hammer has been condemned as "appalling" and "unacceptable".

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at Moyard Parade in west Belfast on Tuesday.

The PSNI said that a man carrying a hammer forced his way into a house at around 6.15pm and attacked the female occupant.

It added: "The female, aged in her forties, sustained a cut and bruising below her left eye when the intruder struck her in the face with the hammer.

"The male is reported to have caused damage to a wardrobe and light during the incident.

"A 25-year-old male was arrested a short time later on suspicion of a number of offences, including aggravated burglary."

Local SDLP councillor Tim Attwood condemned the assault.

"It is appalling that somebody would break into a woman's home and attack her with a hammer and injure her," Mr Attwood said.

"There should be no place for this sort of frightening, really violent burglary on the streets of west Belfast."

Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or who had relevant information to contact detectives at Musgrave on the 101 non-emergency number, quoting reference 1071 10/04/2018.

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