Northern Ireland

South Belfast: Woman assaulted with hammer during attempted robbery

Lower Windsor Avenue
Image caption The man made off along Lower Windsor Avenue after the hammer attack

A woman has been assaulted with a hammer during an attempted robbery outside a south Belfast restaurant.

The attack happened on the Lisburn Road shortly after 23:00 GMT on Friday night, police said.

A man armed with a hammer attempted to take the woman's handbag after she refused to hand it over.

The woman was struck in the arm several times before the man made off empty handed along Lower Windsor Avenue.

The victim suffered bruising to her arm and was left badly shaken.

Police are appealing for information.

The man was described as being around 5ft 6in tall, and wearing a grey, hooded top, blue jeans and a dark-coloured baseball cap.