Northern Ireland

Ballymena: Three questioned over burglary

Scene after burglary at house in Ballymena
Image caption A 39-year-old man was assaulted during the burglary at his home at Moat Road in Ballymena, County Antrim

Three men in their 30s are being questioned by police following an aggravated burglary in Ballymena.

Police said a 39-year-old man was assaulted by a number of men who entered his home on Moat Road on Friday armed with hammers and a handgun,

The men then made off with a sum of cash. A woman and two children who were also in the house were shaken by the incident but not injured.

Two men were later arrested in Newtownabbey and another in Antrim.

The victim was treated in hospital for a minor head injury and cuts and bruises.

'Forced'

Meanwhile, detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary on the Lisburn Road in south Belfast on Thursday.

Police said two men armed with a hammer and a metal bar forced their way into a house at about 22:50 GMT.

A man, three women and three children who were in the house at the time were made to stay in a bedroom while the property was searched.

The pair then made off with a small sum of cash. No-one was injured during the burglary.

Police have asked for anyone with information about either incident to contact them.