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Man assaulted with hammer in west Belfast

POLICE have appealed for information after a man was struck with a hammer and a woman was assaulted in west Belfast.

A man called at the door of a house in St Galls Avenue at around 12.45pm on Sunday afternoon and after answering the door, a woman was punched in the face. When the woman's husband came to her assistance, he was struck a number of times with a hammer before being further assaulted by a woman who joined in the attack.

The male attacker then then broke windows in the house and a car before leaving the scene on foot. The male victim received hospital treatment for head injuries following the incident.

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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