Sledgehammer gang strike in Broughshane

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Detectives in Ballymena are appealing for witnesses following the report of an aggravated burglary at a flat on Main Street in Broughshane during the early hours of this morning, Friday 17 March.

It was reported that a number of men armed with a sledgehammer forced their way into the property shortly before 12.30am. The male occupant of the property escaped through the rear door of the property and raised the alarm.

He was unharmed during the incident. The males ransacked a number of rooms in the property before making off.

Meanwhile, Detectives in Larne are appealing for witnesses following a similar incident at a flat on Victoria Road last night, Thursday (March 16).

It was reported that a number of masked men armed with iron bars and hammers forced their way into the property shortly before midnight and assaulted the two male occupants, both aged in their 20’s.

One of the men sustained a suspected fracture to his arm and the second man sustained head injuries.

Both men remain in hospital receiving treatment for their injuries.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of Main Street in Broughshane last night or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference number 14 of 17/03/17. Information can also be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of Victoria Road last night or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Larne on 101 quoting reference number 3 of 17/03/17. Information can also be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.