Detectives are appealing for information following a report of an aggravated burglary at residential premises in North Belfast.                                                                                                                     

Detective Sergeant Ash said: “Police received a report shortly after 7:20pm on Thursday 6th April, that three masked men with one of them armed with a suspected firearm entered a property at the Hillman Street area at around 8:15pm on Tuesday 4th April.

“The men then threatened a woman in her 50s who was inside the house during the incident, but she was not injured. It was reported that a dog inside the property was struck with a flick baton by one of the men.

“The male armed with the suspected firearm is described as being aged between 40-45 years old, 5”7 in height and of short, stocky build. He is described as wearing a navy coat with the hood pulled over his head and a dark coloured snood around his face. The second man is described as being around 6”0 in height, aged between 40-45 years old and of heavy build. He is described as wearing a green, waist-length army style coat, blue jeans black snood and black hoodie under the coat. He is described as being armed with a flick baton. The third man is described as of slim build, in his mid 20s and about 5”8 in height. He is described as wearing  a black tracksuit, black snood and a hood pulled tightly over his face.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and we would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1807 06/04/23. Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via   You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at .”