Northern Ireland

Elderly man hit during burglary

A 81-year-old man was struck about the head several times during a burglary at his Ballymena home.

The man woke at 22:45 GMT on Thursday to find a masked man standing over his bed.

The intruder struck the man and demanded money, but it is believed he left the home on the Killyless Road area empty-handed.

The elderly man was later taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and was detained overnight.

Police said the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.