Tool thieves punch man in the face

A MAN was punched in the face after refusing to hand over tools from his van to a gang of men. around 3.20pm on Friday, in the Colinbrook Avenue area of Dunmurry.

Three men approached the man and ordered him to give them the tools. They pulled out a knife when he refused, before punching him to the head.

He sustained injuries to the side of his face. The men then fled empty-handed.

Police said two of them are believed to be around 18 or 19 years old.

The first male is described as being approximately 5’6”, thin build, approximately 18/19 years old, wearing a black coat and a navy hoodie underneath with the hood up and black tracksuit bottoms. The second male is described as being approximately 5’8” in height, approximately 18/19 years old, medium build, wearing light blue jeans and a black coat with the hood up. The third male is described as being approximately 5’10”, approximately 25 years old, medium build, with a thin moustache and wearing dark blue jeans and a grey hoodie.

Anyone who witnessed the incident has been asked to come forward.

Detectives would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact them at Lisburn on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.