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Children 'traumatised' after gang beats man with bats and pick axe handles during Larne burglary

Police have said that two young children were left traumatised after masked men broke into a house and beat a man with bats and pick axe handles.

Detectives are investigating the report of an aggravated burglary at the house in St John’s Place, Larne, in the early hours of Monday.

“Police received a report that a number of masked men forced entry to the house at around 2.30am on Monday morning and attacked a male occupant with bats and pick axe handles," Detective Inspector McStravick said

"This was a ferocious and inhuman attack in front of a woman and two young children who are left traumatised. The victim has sustained a number of injuries including a suspected broken leg and is currently receiving treatment in hospital. We believe at this time that the men left the area in a vehicle following the attack.”

“Our enquiries are at an early stage and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or any suspicious activity in the area, or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Ballymena on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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