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Man beaten with iron bars in paramilitary style attack in Derry

A man has been beaten by a masked gang with iron bars in a paramilitary style assault in Londonderry.

It happened in the Ballymagowan Avenue area of Derry at around midnight in the early hours of Monday March 30.

At approximately 12.03 am it is believed five masked men entered a property armed with iron bars. 

A man in his 30s was assaulted and sustained injuries to his head and legs. 

He has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Just before 3am police received a report that wheelie bins had been put against the door and set alight causing considerable damage to the property.

They are also investigating criminal damage caused to the property where the attack happened.

Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: "Police work diligently to find evidence to bring those responsible before the courts. Paramilitary style attacks have a significant impact on the local communities and PSNI work alongside local communities in an effort to bring an end to this unacceptable violence.

“Those who are involved in paramilitary style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it. Communities have a choice, and it is clear that the vast majority of people here have chosen to support the police and support law and order.

“Those small groups of individuals who continue to try and terrorise people and commit criminal acts must be isolated from communities. I appeal to the community to give us the information we need to bring the persons responsible for these brutal attacks to contact Police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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