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Burglar ‘held knife to baby’s throat during break-in’

Burglar 'held knife to baby's throat during break-in'
Finley had a knife held to his neck (Picture: Facebook)

A criminal allegedly held a knife to a tiny baby’s throat during a break-in, after demanding the child’s relatives forked out valuables.

Parents Nicole McGrillen and Philip McDowell had been defunct in their home in South Belfast yesterday morning when Nicole was woken by a sound.

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She pronounced she found that a man was in her bedroom, rummaging by her effects nearby sleeping son, Finley, 6 months.

However when she and Philip jumped up to confront the intruder, he allegedly held a ‘butcher’s knife’ to their child’s throat and shouted: ‘Where’s all the stuff?’

The knifeman and one other after fled the home with toys and wiring that the family had bought for Christmas.

Burglar 'held knife to baby's throat during break-in'
Parents Nicole McGrillen and Philip McDowell had been defunct in their home in South Belfast yesterday morning when Nicole was woken by a sound. (Picture: Facebook)

Speaking to Belfast Live, 21-year-old Nicole, who lives at home with Philip, Finley, her siblings and her parents, said: ‘It was like something from a film.

‘My sister Katie barricaded the seven-year-old hermit in her room and we ran downstairs and called the police. You’re just solidified with fear. We were vagrant them for the lives.’

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Younger sister Katie, pronounced she feared that her silent Tina would be killed, as her partner Finbar McGrillen was in 2013, when she detonate in a wrestled one of the men to the ground.

She said: ‘We were so frightened that she would be killed like my father was. One of them was fighting with my silent at the opening to a bedroom, trying to gash her. It was an positively terrifying experience. They came to burgle us but they also came to harm us’.

Police after reliable they were called to the South Belfast residence around 2am.

Burglar 'held knife to baby's throat during break-in'
Nicole pronounced he held a ‘butcher’s knife’ to their child’s throat and shouted: ‘Where’s all the stuff?’ (Picture: Facebook)

They are not appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Two men aged 25 and 30 have given been arrested.

Detective Sergeant Philip McCullagh said: ‘Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen any questionable activity in the area or who may have information.’

Anyone with information is asked to hit the Reducing Offending Unit on 101 quoting anxiety series 71 of 23/11/2017, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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