A former Sinn Fein MLA has claimed the UVF were behind an attack in Larne which left a man hospitalised with puncture wounds and a head injury.
The attack occurred at around 10pm on Monday in Larne's Upper Waterloo Road area.
The PSNI said a number of masked men forced their way into the flat and attacked the male occupant with nail studded bats.
Former East Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan told the Irish News he believed the UVF were behind the attack.
"What the UVF in Larne are doing is the complete opposite of what their leadership said they want to do," Mr McMullan said.
"This needs to stop. What kind of animals were behind this? It's time that the leadership of the UVF comes out publicly to say they completely condemn this."
Last month the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando said they were turning their back on crime and would expel any member who engaged in criminal activity.
A PSNI spokesman said: "The occupant sustained a head injury and a number of puncture wounds on his body, and required hospital treatment following the incident."
Anyone with information can call the PSNI on 101 quoting reference number 1549 14/05/18.