Hawthorn Street in west Belfast. via Google Maps.

Gang uses bats, bricks and bottles to attack houses

The armed gang struck a street in west Belfast in the early hours of Sunday forcing residents to flee.

A GANG OF around eight men and women attacked houses in west Belfast earlier this morning.

BBC News reports that the gang used bats, bricks and bottles to break windows and damage doors in Hawthorn Street at about 3am this morning.

Three adults and a child are believed to have been in one of the houses with UTV News reporting that a mum and her 10-year-old girl were amongst a number of people who had to flee via a roof top.

A neighbour was also assaulted in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity. Police in Northern Ireland are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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