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Man beaten with retractable baton in north Belfast burglary

A man suffered a cut to his head during a burglary in north Belfast

A man was beaten with a retractable baton during a burglary in north Belfast yesterday night.

The man was treated in hospital for a deep cut to his head after he was beaten on his head, arm and side in the burglary at his home in Weavershill Court.

Two men broke into the property at around 10.20pm and attacked the victim.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm

He remains in police custody.

A police spokesman said: "This was a vicious attack, and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 2454 of 31/05/20."

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Meanwhile, a woman in north Belfast was left badly shaken following an attempted burglary early yesterday.

The woman was at her home in Cairnmartin Crescent when a burglar tried to break in at around 3.30am

A police spokesman said: "I am also encouraging local people to report any suspicious activity to us – no matter how insignificant it may seem. The report of a suspicious vehicle or person acting strangely can be invaluable.

"Please make security part of your daily routine. Close and lock all doors and windows, even if you are only popping out for a few minutes.  Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home and consider security lights. To a burglar, a dark house is an empty house. Please also keep a look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours, and check on them regularly.

"Report any suspicious activity or concerns to 101 and in the case of an emergency please call 999."

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