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Gang use pick axe handles to assault man in Rathcoole

Police have appealed for information after a man was left with suspected fractures to his hand and knee during an assault with pick axe handles (stock photo)
Police have appealed for information after a man was left with suspected fractures to his hand and knee during an assault with pick axe handles (stock photo)
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Police are investigating a "brutal paramilitary-style attack" in north Belfast over the weekend.

They have appealed for information after a man was left with suspected fractures to his hand and knee during an assault with pick axe handles.

The attack happened in Green End, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, on Saturday night.

"Shortly before 11.55pm it was reported that a man in his 20s was walking along a street in the area when he was attacked by three masked men armed with what are believed to have been pick axe handles," said Detective Chief Inspector Julie Mullan.

"The man received suspected fractures to his hand and knee during the incident.

"He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries. This was a brutal attack of a man in a residential area.

"Those involved do not represent the interests of the local community and contribute nothing to it. This is another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence."

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