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Man and two women suffer 'savage attack' in Ballymena house by armed gang

Two men have been arrested after an aggravated burglary in Ballymena
Digital Staff

A man and two women were injured when a masked gang armed with a metal bar and hammer attacked them in a house in Ballymena.

It happened in the early hours of this morning at a property in Lanntara in Ballee which is in the south of the Co Antrim town. Five adults were in the house at the time and police have described it as a "savage attack".

Police said they believe it may be linked to an incident in which windows of a property in the same area were smashed less than 10 minutes beforehand.

The PSNI said it had received a report at around 12.30am that three masked men had entered a house in Lanntara minutes earlier.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Lenaghan said: "They made their way inside the property where there were five people - three men and two women. 

"Once inside, they assaulted one of the men, aged in his thirties. He sustained injuries to his head and arm and was taken to hospital by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. 

"Two of the women, aged in their thirties, also received minor injuries during the incident. When leaving, the assailants smashed windows at the property."

DS Lenaghan said two men aged 35 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

"This was a savage attack for which there is no justification and we are working to establish a motive. We believe it also linked to a report at 00:20am where windows of a property in the same area were also smashed. No injuries were reported," the officer said.

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