South Belfast Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey condemned a violent aggravated burglary in Rathdrum Street in the early hours of this morning.
Shortly after midnight three masked men in gloves entered the house and woke the occupants. The men armed with sticks and iron bars assaulted the homeowner and threatened his family. It is reported the men left shortly after 2am with a sum of money and jewellery.
Speaking this morning Michael McGimpsey said;
“I utterly condemn this attack. The homeowner received facial injuries and was taken to hospital with a broken jaw. His wife, two teenage daughters and a young son were unhurt but badly shaken by their ordeal. This type of attack is extremely frightening, especially for young children. It is unacceptable that this sort of threatening attack leaves innocent people feeling unsafe in their own homes.”
“There is no place for violence in our society; people should feel safe to go about their daily lives without the fear of such a violent attack.”
“I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police.”
The PSNI have asked anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area or who has any information should contact detectives at Musgrave Street CID on 0845 600 8000 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.