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DUNLOY | Man treated in hospital after ‘savage assault’ in Christmas Eve aggravated burglary


Detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary in Dunloy reported on Christmas Eve during which a man was assaulted.


At around 10:50pm, police received a report that three masked men had forced their way into a property in Moyan Road and assaulted the male occupant leaving him with injuries that required hospital treatment.


Detective Inspector McKenna said: "This was a savage assault during which the victim was cable tied and assaulted. He was punched around the face and head and left with cuts and bruises to his body and an eye injury.


“This was a brutal attack, which was terrifying for the victim, and happened on Christmas Eve, a time when people should be relaxing and looking forward to Christmas Day.


“Our enquiries into this attack, what exactly happened and a motive for it are continuing. In the meantime, we're keen to hear from anyone who was in the area between 10:30pm and 10:45pm to get in touch with us. We're also urging anyone who knows anything about this vicious crime to call 101 and quote reference number 1948 of 24/12/20."


A report can also be made online via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/