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Woman punched in face during attack at home in west Belfast

Detectives are appealing for information after a serious assault on a man and a woman at a house in west Belfast.

The incident happened on Sunday at around 12.45pm, when it was reported that a man armed with a hammer called to the door of a house on St Galls Avenue.

Upon answering the door the woman in the house was punched in the face.

Her husband came to her assistance, but was struck a number of times with the hammer and then further assaulted by a woman who joined in the attack.

The male assailant broke windows in the property and in a car before leaving the scene on foot.

Following the incident the man in the house received hospital treatment for his injuries. 

Speaking about the attack, Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said: "The male involved is described as being in his late 20s / early 30s, slim to medium build, wearing glasses, a baseball cap, grey tracksuit bottoms and a dark-coloured top.

"A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

"This was a very serious incident and traumatic for the occupants of the house. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 714 10/09/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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