Northern Ireland

Man in car hit with bar, wrench and clamp in north Belfast

Police

A man has been beaten with an iron bar, wheel clamp and wrench while being driven in a car in north Belfast.

The man, who is in his 20s, got into a car at Jellicoe Avenue and was beaten by a number of its occupants as they drove to a lay-by on Flush Road.

He was then taken out of the car and beaten again by four men.

Two men, aged 30 and 32, have been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, kidnapping and possession of an offensive weapon over the attack.

They are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

The victim suffered a broken finger, puncture wounds to both legs, gashes to his face and an injury to his eye that will require surgery.

Police are treating it as a paramilitary-style attack.

It was reported to them at about 17:40 GMT on Sunday.

'Shocking injuries'

Det Insp Kerry Brennan said: "After the attack, the injured man made his way to a nearby house and raised the alarm.

"He was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a range of shocking injuries."

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time, or who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.

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