DETECTIVES in north Belfast are appealing for information following a report of an aggravated burglary at the Atlantic Avenue area on Tuesday 24th December

Detective Sergeant Gardiner said: “Shortly after 11pm, it was reported that a 46 year old man answered the front door of the premises.

“As he opened the door of the property, three men wearing balaclavas entered and brought the man into his flat.

“The men, armed with knives demanded money from the man and then assaulted him.

“He received stab wounds to his head and body, which were not believed to be life threatening.

“He also received fractured ribs and fractured collar bone during the assault.

“He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

“One of the men is described as being of stocky build and 5”10 in height.

“He wore a light coloured jacket, dark trousers and wore gloves.

“The second man is described as being of medium build, 5”8 in height and wearing a dark top, possibly a coat, dark bottoms and gloves.

“The third man is described is being of slight build and 6”2 in height.

“He was described as wearing a dark jacket, dark bottoms and gloves.

“This was a brutal assault of a man in his home. Although he was not seriously injured, he was left very badly shaken following this ordeal.

“This traumatic assault took place in the victim’s own home, somewhere he rightly deserves to feel safe.

“Our enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances  and we would appeal to anyone in the area who witnessed anything suspicious to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 1878 24/12/19.

“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.”

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