Detectives are appealing for information after a report that masked men entered a property in north Belfast and assaulted a man on Tuesday, October 10.

Detective Sergeant Kitchen said: "It was reported shortly after 9.10pm that masked men were seen leaving a flat in the Forthriver Drive area.

"It was further reported that five men, armed with hammers and a machete, gained entry to the flat and assaulted a man inside.

"The man, aged in his twenties, was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.

"A mobile phone belonging to the victim was also stolen during the incident.

"The injuries inflicted on the victim are a stark violation of his basic human rights. There is no justification for this type of violence. Attacks like these not only place the victim at risk, but also the local community.

"Our enquiries are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything, or who may have dashcam, CCTV or other footage, to contact us on 101, quoting reference 2322 of 10/10/23."

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