Northern Ireland

Man in 70s assaulted by masked men near Lisburn

Image caption John Bryans was at home with his brother, Isaac, when masked men broke in on Friday evening

A 74-year-old man has been assaulted at his home during a burglary on the outskirts of Lisburn.

Two masked men, one believed to be armed with a knife, forced their way into their house on the Mullaghglass Road at 21:55 GMT on Friday.

John Bryans suffered a knife cut below the ear and a bruise to the head where he was kicked.

He was taken to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening. His brother, Isaac, 70, was unharmed.

Both were left shaken by their ordeal.

John Bryans described what happened when one of the intruders attacked him.

"They pulled me out of the chair by both arms and I got down and got my hands round his ankles and put by head in his stomach," he said.

"He shouted for the other fella and the other fella came in and he started kicking and then he said he had a knife. He said 'come on where is it?'"

Mr Bryans said although he did not see the knife, he was cut with it below the ear.

"The blood started to come from me, at the ear," he said.

"It's still very sore."

John called for his brother and the burglars fled as Isaac Bryans came down the stairs.

"If I hadn't have been in the house, they'd probably have left him dead," Isaac said.

"It's an awful situation when you can't live in you own house in peace."

Police said nothing was taken and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

It is understood the attackers were in their late 20s or early 30s.