A local man had to be taken to hospital after being assaulted by masked intruders during a break-in at his home.
Sometime between 11am and 11.30am on Saturday, two masked men forced their way into the house in the Kilgreel Road area, and assaulted the man with what is believed to be a metal bar.
He attended hospital for treatment for his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.
Another male who was in the house, was not injured during the incident.
Councillor Neil Kelly condemned those behind the aggravated burglary, describing those responsible as “callous and despicable”.
“My thoughts are with the victim. I hope he will be able to make a full recovery from the injuries he sustained. People should be able to live in their own homes without the fear of this type of incident taking place,” Cllr. Kelly said.
He added: “The people responsible for this burglary are callous and despicable individuals who obviously have no regards for the wellbeing of other people.
“If anybody has any information about this burglary then I would urge them to contact the police. The people responsible must be urgently apprehended and brought before the courts to face justice.”
Alderman Drew Ritchie spoke of his shock over the burglary in such a quiet residential area.
“To strike someone with a metal bar is a cowardly act and hospital treatment was required,” Ald. Ritchie said.
He added: “I am told their injuries were serious but believed to be not life threatening. With time we hope he will make a full recovery.
“Local communities deserve to live in peace and free from violent incidents such as this. Anyone with any information that they think may help solve this crime, please contact Antrim PSNI.”
Detectives in Antrim are appealing for information and anyone who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area or who has any information to contact them on 0845 600 8000. 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.