Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following a report of an aggravated burglary in Downpatrick on Saturday morning, 23rd December.

Detective Sergeant Wilson said: “Police received a report at approximately 2.50am that four masked men, who were dressed all in black and armed with weapons, entered a property in the Leaside Gardens area of the town.

“Two men were inside the property at the time, one of whom was assaulted by the suspects. He sustained facial injuries as a result of the attack.

“The masked men also caused extensive damage to a bathroom inside the house, and smashed a television in the living room.

“Our investigation is now underway to establish what happened, who was involved and a motive.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time, and saw anything suspicious to call police on 101, quoting reference number 237 23/12/23.”

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