Man and woman arrested in Poleglass after 'vicious' attack against postman
A man and a woman have been arrested in Dunmurry after a postman suffered a "vicious" attack on Thursday afternoon.
Police say the postal worker was repeatedly struck in the face in the Brianswell Close area of Poleglass, with the assault continuing after he fell to the ground.
Róisín Brown, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector in west Belfast said: “Police received a report shortly after 1.30pm that a postman, who was delivering mail in the area, had been assaulted.
“He was struck repeatedly to the face by a man and a woman, and fell to the ground where the assault continued."
She added: “The postman required hospital treatment for significant injuries to his face as a result of this vicious assault. We know that an attack of this nature can also be mentally traumatising for the victim."
Describing it as a "shocking and totally unprovoked attack" on a public servant, she added: “Police quickly arrived at the incident and following two swift arrests at the scene have commenced a robust investigation to determine exactly what happened."
A 43-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, who were both arrested, have been released on bail to allow for further enquiries.
Speaking to BBC NI, Sinn Féin councillor Danny Baker said the community in Poleglass was "deeply concerned and shocked" by the attack.
"This was a vicious attack on a public worker providing a service, there is no place for any sort of attack on any worker, on anybody," he said.
"I would appeal to anyone with information to please come forward and I wish him a speedy recovery."
Police have urged any witnesses, or those with camera footage, to call 101 quoting reference 1045 for May 25. Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.