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Man struck with bolt cutters during east Belfast aggravated burglary

Police have appealed for witnesses

A MAN has been beaten around the face and head with a pair of bolt cutters during an aggravated burglary in east Belfast.

Police said the victim was in a flat in the Cappagh Gardens area, close to Cregagh Road, when three intruders gained entry at around 7am today.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "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 with our enquiries."

Police have appealed for help in tracing the movements of a silver Ford Mondeo car, in particular anyone who saw the model of car in the Greenway area of the Cregagh Road around 7am.

"We would also 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," the spokeswoman added.

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