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Man assaulted by masked gang armed with gun and bat

Police are investigating the incident in west Belfast. Credit: UTV

A masked gang has threatened a man with a gun before assaulting him with a baseball bat at a house in west Belfast.

The incident happened in the Lagmore Drive area at about 7.25pm on Monday.

The suspects then fled, stealing a blue BMW that was parked outside.

“This would have been a frightening ordeal for the occupants of the house, who have been left badly shaken,” PSNI Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said.

“Our enquiries are at an early stage, and I want to make a number of appeals today.

“Were you in the Lagmore Drive area last night, just prior to or around the time the incident was reported to us?

“Did you see any suspicious activity, or any vehicles being driven in a suspicious manner? In particular, did you see a silver-coloured Ford Focus vehicle in the area around this time?”

DS Gardiner added: “If you have any information which you believe may assist our investigation, please get in touch with detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”