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Woman (65) among three people injured in north Belfast early morning attacks

The assaults happened in Fairfax Court on Thursday at around 4.10am

TWO men and a 65-year-old woman were taken to hospital with "serious" injuries after being attacked with a wooden bats in two separate early morning attacks in houses in a north Belfast cul-de-sac.

The assaults happened in Fairfax Court in the Oldpark on Thursday at around 4.10am.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: "One male aged 34 years old received head injuries after being struck with a wooden bat at a house in the area.

"Another male aged 29 years old was also struck on the head by a wooden bat in another nearby property. Both males have been taken to hospital for their injuries and their conditions are described as serious.

"A 65-year-old female is believed to have sustained a suspected broken wrist during the incident. She was taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries.

"Two women aged 50 and 29 years old and three men aged 42, 24 and 22 years old have been arrested in relation to the incident. All five persons are currently assisting police with their enquiries."

He appealed for anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious in the area this morning to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 148 13/12/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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