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Men beaten with hammers and bats during two vicious attacks in Newtownabbey

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A man was beaten in his bed in the Bawnmore Park area. Credit: Google

A man was beaten in his bed in the Bawnmore Park area. Credit: Google

A man was beaten in his bed in the Bawnmore Park area. Credit: Google

Two men were beaten with bats and hammers during paramilitary style assaults in Newtownabbey in the past 24 hours.

Around 10.00pm on Sunday a man was assaulted by 5 to 6 masked men outside his flat in the Clonmore Walk area. It is believed the men used bats and hammers during the assault.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

Around 2.00am in the early hours of Monday two masked men armed with hammers entered a dwelling in the Bawnmore Park area and assaulted a man has he lay in his bed. 

Police are investigating the two incidents as aggravated burglaries but do not believe they are linked.

District Commander for Antrim & Newtownabbey, Superintendent Sue Steen said police were treating the incidents as paramilitary style attacks.

“These two brutal assaults left both victims with a number of injuries requiring hospital treatment," she said.

"A person’s home should be a place where they feel safe, not a place where thugs feel they can freely enter and reign their terror down on their victims. There is no place for this vicious behaviour in a civilised society. 

“I would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity or vehicles in these areas to contact detectives at Newtownabbey on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference numbers 1225 03/03/19 and 76 04/03/19. 

"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.”

Belfast Telegraph