Co Derry man hospitalised after paramilitary style beating from five masked men with iron bars


Police are appealing for information after reports that five masked men, armed with iron bars, carried out a paramilitary style attack in Co Derry around midnight.

A man in his thirties suffered injuries to his head and legs during the assault at his home at 12.03am on Monday, March 30.

Communities have a choice, and it is clear that the vast majority of people here have chosen to support law and order - Chief Inspector Callaghan, PSNI

The PSNI said he was taken to hospital from the Ballymagowan Avenue area of Derry for treatment.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are also investigating criminal damage caused to the property were the attack happened.

Just before 3am they received a report that wheelie bins had been put against the door and set alight causing considerable damage to the home.

Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “Paramilitary style attacks have a significant impact on the local communities and PSNI work alongside local communities in an effort to bring an end to this unacceptable violence.

“Those who are involved in paramilitary style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it.

“Communities have a choice, and it is clear that the vast majority of people here have chosen to support the police and support law and order.

“Those small groups of individuals who continue to try and terrorise people and commit criminal acts must be isolated from communities.

“I appeal to the community to give us the information we need to bring the persons responsible for these brutal attacks to contact Police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”