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Shock at 'vile' attack on Clandeboye community leader beaten at his home

By Claire Williamson

Published 26/11/2015

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A community leader described as the 'Lion of Clandeboye' has been beaten in a "vile" attack at his home.

Aaron McMahon was attacked during an aggravated burglary at his home on Wednesday November 25

Mr McMahon is also the chairman of Clandeboye Village Community Association and friends of the Bangor community worker described him as "dedicated" calling him the 'Lion of Clandeboye'.

Police confirmed they received a report at 4.15pm that two masked men assaulted a man with a blunt instrument.

Three men were seen running to a blue van.

The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and later released.

A 32-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

He was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

North Down DUP MLA Peter Weir condemned the attack saying he was "appalled and disgusted" at what had happened.

He said: "I am appalled and disgusted at the vicious attack on Bangor Community worker Aaron McMahon.

"This vile attack will shock everyone in North Down, and must be condemned in the clearest possible terms.

"Aaron has been a dedicated community worker representing in his own time the people of Clandeboye, an area which has always rejected paramilitaries. Now it appears that he is being attacked for standing up for local decent people."

Mr Weir added: "An attack on Aaron is an attack on all decent people in North Down, and we will collectively stand with Aaron and not allow ourselves to be intimidated by such thuggery.

"The people who carried this out must be hunted down by the Police and brought before the justice system. I hope and pray for a swift recovery for Aaron, and call upon anyone with information to immediately come forward and bring that to the PSNI."

Detective Inspector Harry Colgan would appeal to anyone who may have noted any suspicious activity in the area or saw this blue van making off from the scene to contact

Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Bangor on the non-emergency number 101. 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.

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