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Man arrested after a sectarian assault in village

A man has been arrested following a sectarian assault on two men in their 50s in a Co Antrim village.

The pair were attacked in the Sunnyside Drive area of Rasharkin at around 9pm on Saturday. A 51-year-old man sustained cuts to his head and face, while a 56-year-old man was treated for cuts to his face.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the incident, which they say is being treated as sectarian.

The DUP and Sinn Fein assembly members for the area gave differing versions of what happened on Saturday night.

DUP Assembly member for North Antrim, Mervyn Storey, said it was “more than a sectarian snowball fight”.

“This is the continuation of |a line of attacks on Protestants living in Rasharkin village,” he said. “There is a hardcore element of people who have an issue with Protestants living in the village but these people do not represent the majority of people in Rasharkin.”

But Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay said a group of loyalists confronted Catholic teenagers armed with a wheelbrace, hockey stick and stanley knife.

“These men were intoxicated and represented a significant threat to members of the public in the village,” Mr McKay said.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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