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Man beaten with pick axe handles in 'brutal' paramilitary attack

A man in his 20s has been beaten with pick axe handles in a paramilitary attack in the Green End area of Newtownabbey on Saturday night. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER
A man in his 20s has been beaten with pick axe handles in a paramilitary attack in the Green End area of Newtownabbey on Saturday night. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER

A man was beaten with pick axe handles in a "brutal" paramilitary style attack in Newtownabbey.

It happened in the Green End area of the Rathcoole estate just before midnight on Saturday.

Three men approached the victim as he walked along the street.

The victim, aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital with non-serious injuries, police said.

“The man received suspected fractures to his hand and knee during the incident. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries," said Detective Chief Inspector Julie Mullan.

“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.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 2183 15/06/19. 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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