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Girl (8) held down, two women assaulted by gang in vicious attack at house in Northern Ireland

Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for information following a burglary and serious assault at a house in Banbridge, Co Down.

The attack happened in the Bramblewood area of the town on Friday, September 1.

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey said “Shortly before 10:55 pm we received reports that three males wearing dark hooded tops forced entry to the property and attacked three females inside.  A 48-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl were later treated in hospital for suspected fractures and other injuries which are not believed to be life–threatening at this time. "

An eight year old girl was also held down by one of the attackers and treated for shock. 

"This was a vicious act and I would ask for the public to assist us in bringing the perpetrators to justice," he said.

Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann, Doug Beattie MC  said he would be meeting with the PSNI to discuss what can be done to address "the escalation of such attacks on people’s homes in the Banbridge area".

"If this is a matter of resource, it must be tackled at the source," said Mr Beattie.

"A young child of only 8 years of age has been left traumatised by this when she should be safe in her own home."

Banbridge UUP councillor Elizabeth Ingram described the incident as "a despicable evil crime".

She  said the family were traumatised by what happened.

"The cowards who carried out this attack need to be caught and serve a long custodial sentence," said Ms Ingram.

"If they are prepared to go to these cowardly lengths, how much further will they go if they are not caught?”

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