Northern Ireland

Larne sledgehammer attack 'brutal'

House in Larne where man was attacked sledgehammers
Image caption Police say the attack is being treated as a "paramilitary-style assault"

A man in his 20s has been beaten with sledgehammers in County Antrim, police have said.

He is being treated in hospital for arm and leg injuries, which police have described as "life-changing".

The attack happened in the Glynn Road area of Larne shortly before 23:25 BST on Sunday night.

"This was a brutal attack which is being treated as a paramilitary-style assault at this time," said Det Sgt Pete Crothers.

Police said they are investigating reports of an aggravated burglary.

Det Sgt Crothers said they received a report that "a number of men with sledgehammers were seen running down an alleyway and that a man was heard screaming from a nearby property".

A woman, who lives nearby and did not want to be named, said she heard the man's screams.

"He said help and he was screaming in pain," she said.

"It's scary, isn't it? I've got a son and thankfully he slept through it, could you imagine if he'd heard that.

"The way you have to look at it too, that's somebody's son."