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Man found with hands nailed to fence in 'sinister attack' in Co Antrim

Two vans, one belonging to the injured man, were also discovered on fire.

POLICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND are investigating after a man was nailed to a fence in Co Antrim. 

The PSNI described the attack as “sinister” and said the man has been left with potentially life-changing injuries. 

The police force received a report shortly after midnight that a man, aged in his 20s, had been found nailed to a fence with a nail through each hand. The man also had injuries to his nose. 

He is being treated in hospital, where his condition is described as non-life threatening.

Detectives are appealing for information following a report of a serious assault in Bushmills in the early hours of today, Sunday 5th May.

Police who attended the incident said two vans, including one belonging to the injured man, were discovered on fire in the public car park near Dundarave Park. 

Crews from NI Fire and Rescue Service attended to extinguish the fire. Extensive damage was caused to both vehicles.

Police said graffiti found on a nearby gable wall of public toilets is being linked to the assault and arson.

Detective Inspector Lyttle said: “This was a sinister attack which has left this man with potentially life-changing injuries.

“Everyone has the right to live their life free from the threat of violence and this brutal attack by people who violate the human rights of others must be universally condemned.

“We live in a democratic society where there is no justification for this. Those responsible brutalise their own communities and control others through intimidation and violence.

“This happened in a residential area with a number of holiday lets which would be busy during this bank holiday weekend and we are asking anyone who noticed anything or who may have dashcam footage to contact us urgently on 101 or confidently to Crimestoppers.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and we would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information, including dash-cam or other footage, to contact police on 101 quoting reference 13 of 5/5/24.”

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