Northern Ireland

Intruder flees Belfast home after occupant spots him

A house in Dundela Avenue in east Belfast was broken into overnight
A house in Dundela Avenue in east Belfast was broken into overnight A house in Dundela Avenue in east Belfast was broken into overnight

A burglar ran off after being startled during a "frightening intrusion" in east Belfast this morning.

It happened at a house in Dundela Avenue at around 3.45am and police said the man made off through the back door.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has asked witnesses or anyone with video footage of suspicious activity on Dundela Avenue at around 3.45 am to get in touch.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Kennedy said one occupant of the house heard noises downstairs "and looked over the bannister of the two-storey property to find a man standing in the hallway". 

"The intruder, who was wearing a red cap and multi-coloured jacket, quickly left through the back door and it was discovered that a number of items were missing," DS Kennedy said.

"This was a frightening intrusion into their home and we are keen to find out any information that will help lead us to the culprit. Contact us on 101 quoting reference number 192 14/07/23."

You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/