Four arrested after young man found beaten and naked in Ballymena bin
Local residents 'shocked' after news of attack
Four people have been arrested after a young man was found beaten and naked in a taped-up wheelie bin in County Antrim.
The man - believed to be in his 20s - suffered cuts and bruising and is stable in hospital following the attack near Sentry Hill in Ballymena, police said.
The victim was discovered by a man walking his dog.
Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the attack.
SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said he was found yesterday in a council-owned park near an old-fashioned sports hall.
"While the full facts are not clear this was obviously a very serious incident and the young person concerned was treated in a disgraceful and degrading fashion," he said.
"There would have been a number of people involved in such an incident and it is likely quite a number of people have useful information in relation to what happened and I would encourage them to go to the police."
Councillor James McClean said: “If that is what happened it is absolutely horrendous that something like that could happen in Ballymena.”
Ballymena Mayor Audrey Wales said she would condemn any such incident.
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Mageean said:
"A man has sustained injuries which are not believed to be life threatening and is now in a stable condition in hospital. He was inside a wheelie bin which had been taped up and was found by a person out walking a dog. That person had the presence of mind to call the ambulance service and police immediately.
"Detectives have launched a full investigation with a definite line of enquiry as evidenced by our four arrests. At this time, I do not believe that there is a sectarian motive nor do I consider that it is paramilitary related. This incident has shocked local people as this an area where crime isn't prevalent.
"Interviews of those arrested will be taking place and the investigation is at a very early stage.
However, I would ask that anyone who saw suspicious activity in the Doury Road, Dunclug or Dunvale areas of Ballymena yesterday afternoon contact police. You can telephone Detectives at Ballymena on 028 2566 7202 or 0845 600 8000."