23/08/2019

Man Struck With Hammer In 'Vicious Assault'

A man has been hospitalised after he was struck on the head with a hammer during a "vicious assault" in County Antrim.

A gang of males forced entry to a home in the Kellburn Park area of Ballyclare in the early hours of this morning, Friday 23 August. Police are treating the incident as a paramilitary style attack.

The man, who sustained head injuries during the aggravated burglary, is said to be in stable condition.

Detective Sergeant Coulter said: "This was a vicious assault on a man in his own home, a place where everyone has the right to feel safe."
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Police said the ambulance service reported they were attending to the man at around 12.45am. It is believed the attack occurred sometime between 12.25am and the time of reporting.

DS Coulter added: "We are currently treating this as a paramilitary style attack and I want to appeal to anyone who was in the Kellburn Park area between 12:20am and 12:50am this morning and saw any suspicious activity to call us on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 73 of 23/08/19."

Details can also be provided confidentially by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



(JG/CM)

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