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Paramilitary style attack condemned

A paramilitary style attack in east Belfast has been condemned as “totally unacceptable in a civilised society”.

Victoria councillor Robin Newton made the statement following the attack in the Glenmore Street in the early hours of Saturday, February 20.

Shortly before 1am a number of men wearing balaclavas and armed with a hammer and baseball bats forced their way into the house.

They attacked the man with the weapons. His 23-year-old friend also received a minor head injury in the altercation, although he did not require hospital treatment.

Mr Newton added: “No one has the right to take the law into their own hands or settle scores in this manner.

“What ever the reason for this violent assault it is wrong and it follows on from other such attacks in the east of the city in past days and weeks.

“The rule of law can only operate through the police.

“Those who carry out vigilante type attacks should stop immediately.

“They do society no favours and are in danger of leading us back to the type of days that are better left in the past.

Councillor Jim Rodgers said the attack was “absolutely unbelievable”.

He said: “Yet again we have people taking the law into into their own hands.

“Somebody must know something and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

A police spokesperson said: “Anyone who noticed any activity in the area overnight or who may have any information regarding the assault is asked to contact police in east Belfast on 0845 600 8000.

“Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph