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Man suffers fractured skull in latest paramilitary attack in Ballymoney

By Michelle Weir

A paramilitary-style attack in Ballymoney on Thursday night was the second such incident in the area in a month, an MLA has said.

A man in his 30s was left with a fractured skull and a broken finger after being attacked with metal bars by at least two masked men.

The assault took place inside the garage of a property in the Farm Hill area of Mosside between 9pm and 9.15pm.

It was the second attack of its kind in the Ballymoney area within the last four weeks.

In a separate incident, three shots were fired at a house in Loughanhill Park in Coleraine.

Nobody was injured, although damage was caused to the inside of the property.

Police urged witnesses or anyone who knows anything about the assault to come forward.

"While these injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, this was a brutal and horrific attack," a spokesman said.

"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 1442 05/04/18."

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey urged those behind the attacks to stop.

"This is the second of this type of vicious attack in the area in the last few weeks," he said.

"(In the last one) a young fella was badly beaten. It seems that this was the same thing.

"Whoever is responsible should stop immediately. Someone is going to lose their life as a result of these attacks."

Mr Storey also stressed that he had raised the issue with PSNI district commander Supt Jeremy Lindsay.

"It seems as though there are those who take the law into their own hands and that is extremely worrying," he added.

East Londonderry SDLP MLA John Dallat also criticised the latest incident.

"I am sick and tired of these paramilitary-type assaults, Mr Dallat said.

"It is 20 years since we signed the Good Friday Agreement.

"I would urge people to co-operate with police because while these people exist, then nobody has freedom."

According to the PSNI, 67 paramilitary assaults occurred between March 2017 and February 2018. There were also 24 shootings during this period.

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