Northern Ireland

Masked, armed gang search house in Belfast's Ardoyne

Police officer

Four masked men - one of them armed with an iron bar - forced their way into a house in north Belfast's Ardoyne area on Thursday night.

Police believe the gang was trying to carry out a paramilitary-style assault.

They searched the house at Havana Way, but left without attacking anyone. It happened shortly after midnight.

Police believe the same gang tried to enter a house in nearby Jamaica Street five minutes earlier.