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Last Updated: Friday, 8 October, 2004, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Loyalist link to family attack

Loyalist paramilitaries may have been behind an attack on a County Antrim family, the police believe.

The 46-year-old woman and her two sons were attacked at Moss Side Gardens, near Ballymoney, at about 2300 BST on Thursday.

Two men followed the eldest son, who is 22-years-old, into the house.

They attacked him with iron or wooden bars before beating his brother, aged 20 years, and their mother.

All three were taken to hospital where they were treated for leg and arm injuries.

Police said the attack was not believed to be sectarian.

SDLP assembly member Sean Farren has condemned the attack.

He said: "This was a horrendous attack on a young man which resulted in the whole family being battered in their own home.

"It seems that no matter how hard we try to move forward and provide peace and protection for everyone, there are some who prefer the law of the jungle where the strong can beat the weak whenever they feel like it."


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BBC NI's Mervyn Jess reports:
"They started hitting the 22-year-old man"




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