Belfast Telegraph

Man arrested over attack on Bangor community worker

By Rebecca Black

A man has been arrested by police investigating an attack on a Co Down community worker last week.

Officers carried out searches in Bangor yesterday.

One man was held on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

It came after Aaron McMahon was assaulted in front of his wife and two children at his home in the Clandeboye area of the town by a hammer-wielding gang of thugs.

Mr McMahon, who believes he was targeted for criticising the UDA, said the ordeal terrified his family.

The father, who was treated in hospital for his injuries, also slammed police and politicians for not doing enough to combat paramilitaries.

He had spoken out about UDA flags being erected around a local play park earlier this year, and had sought political help to have them removed.

Around 200 people attended a community rally to show support for Mr McMahon in the aftermath of the attack.

North Down DUP MLA Peter Weir condemned the incident and said he was "appalled and disgusted" at what happened.

Police have urged anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area last Wednesday or who saw a blue van making off from the scene to contact detectives.

Last week a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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