Man beaten with stud­ded bats in raid

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY VIC­TO­RIA LEONARD

AN ag­gra­vated bur­glary in which a man was left with punc­ture wounds and a head in­jury af­ter masked men armed with “bats stud­ded with nails” forced their way into a flat has been de­scribed as “bru­tal.”

It 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.

A spokesman added: “The oc­cu­pant sus­tained a head in­jury and a num­ber of punc­ture wounds on his body, and re­quired hospi­tal treat­ment fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.”

DUP coun­cil­lor Gregg McKeen said he was shocked at the “me­dieval-style” weapon used, and it was “lucky some­one wasn’t killed”.

Sinn Fein coun­cil­lor James McK­e­own con­demned the act as “bru­tal and cow­ardly.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call the PSNI on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 1549 14/05/18.

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