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Two charged with kidnapping after man beaten in paramilitary style attack

Two men have been charged with a range of offences after a man in his 20s was the victim of a paramilitary style attack in north Belfast on Sunday evening.

The men, aged 30 and 32 were arrested under the Terrorism Act. 

They have been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, kidnapping and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

They are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday January 29.

Police received a report of a man being assaulted at 5.40pm on Sunday evening.

They believe the victim got into car in the Jellicoe Avenue area of the city and was beaten inside it by a number of its occupants, during a journey between there and a layby on the Flush road.

The victim was then taken out of the car and beaten again by four men. The weapons used in the assault include an iron bar, a wheel clamp and a wrench.

After the attack, the injured man made his way to a nearby house and raised the alarm. He was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a range of injuries.

Police are actively seeking two other men in connection with the incident and are following definite lines of enquiry.

Detective Inspector Kerry Brennan described the incident as "brutal" and said they are treating it as a paramilitary style attack.

"The man was left with a number of gashes to his face and an injury to his eye which will require surgery. He also suffered a broken finger and puncture wounds to both legs - in addition to psychological trauma," she said.

“The layby where the young man was attacked is close to a water treatment facility on the Flush road and I would ask anyone who was in the area around 5.15pm last night and saw a maroon Fiat Punto car driving in the area, or stationary at the side of the road, to get in touch with police. Or, if you were driving in this area and have dashcam footage that could have recorded what happened here, again we would like to hear from you.

“We want to trace the car’s movements during the early part of the evening – so if you saw a vehicle matching its description – in the Jellicoe Avenue around 5pm or in the north Belfast area between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, please let us know by contacting detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 1007 of 27/1/19.”

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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