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Man (31) questioned after two PSNI officers and occupants of house assaulted in Co Down

Police said a man, aged 31, had been arrested
Suzanne McGonagle

A 31-year-old man was last night still being questioned by police after two PSNI officers and the occupants of a house were assaulted in Co Down.

It comes after two masked men entered a house in the Malone Park area of Downpatrick armed with a wrench at around 2.20am.

A police spokesman said: "The men demanded money from a woman aged in her 30s, who was inside the house.

"The woman, and another woman aged in her 60s were both assaulted.

"Both women were struck on the head with the wrench and the woman in her 30s was assaulted with a pitchfork that was inside the property.

"Both women were taking to hospital for their injuries following the incident."

The spokesman also said that two police officers were assaulted during the arrest of the man, who remained in custody last night.

"A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of assault on police, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indicatable offence and resisting police," he said.

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