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Man attacked by masked pair with metal bars in paramilitary-style assault

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 Police said the man was beaten with metal bars

Police said the man was beaten with metal bars

Police said the man was beaten with metal bars

Police in Coleraine are appealing for information following a report of a paramilitary-style assault on a man in his thirties near Ballymoney on Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Gallagher said the man's injuries were not life-threatening.

"Between 9.00 & 9.15pm it is believed that at least two men wearing balaclavas attacked the man with metal bars inside the garage of a property in the Farm Hill area of Mosside," he said.

"The victim has since been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, including a fractured skull, laceration to his head and a broken finger.

"Whilst these injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, this was a brutal and horrific attack. It is yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence. I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who has information which may assist police enquiries, to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1494 05/04/18. 

"Or, 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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