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Delivery driver subjected to ‘vicious attack’ by masked men

The victim was beaten with a metal pole and punched during the attack in what police believe may have been a paramilitary attack.

A delivery driver was subjected to a ‘vicious’ attack in Co Tyrone on Friday evening (PA)
A delivery driver was subjected to a ‘vicious’ attack in Co Tyrone on Friday evening (PA)

By Rebecca Black, PA

A delivery driver was subjected to a “vicious” attack in Co Tyrone, police have said.

Two masked men smashed a window in the victim’s van before beating him with a metal pole and punching him. A piece of masonry was also thrown at his knees.

Police have described the incident, which took place in the Clady area at around 7.50pm on Friday, as a “vicious and sustained attack on a man who was out doing his job”.

The PSNI said one of the lines of inquiry is that this attack was meted out by paramilitaries.

They have issued an appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

“We received a report shortly after 7.50pm that a delivery driver had arrived at an address on Urney Road where he was subsequently approached by two masked men,” a PSNI spokesman said.

“One of the men was reported to be armed with a metal pole while the second male brandished what was described as a small handgun.

“The suspect with the metal pole used it to smash a window of the man’s van and demanded he get out of his vehicle.

“The victim, aged in his twenties, got out of his vehicle and he was subsequently struck with the pole, and kicked and punched to his head and face a number of times.

“It was reported a piece of masonry was thrown at the victim’s knees a number of times by one of the suspects. Both suspects then left.

“This was a vicious and sustained attack on a man who was out doing his job and, understandably, he has been left badly shaken. The victim attended hospital having suffered a number of injuries, including to his back, knees and legs.

“Our investigation is at an early stage and we are working to establish a motive, including that this may have been a paramilitary-style attack.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the Urney Road area last night around 7.30pm, or anyone who has information which may help our investigation to get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 2179 of 01/11/19.”

PA

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