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Men injured in attack by gang armed with meat cleaver

Police are investigating the attack which left two people injured. Credit: Presseye

Two young men have been badly injured in an attack by a gang armed with weapons, including a meat cleaver, in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

One of the men, aged 19, needed staples in his head, while the other, aged 22, almost lost his hand.

The mother of the 22-year-old victim contacted UTV to say the family fears his injury may prove life-changing - as his fingers were almost severed and a lot of damage has been caused to the tendons.

Her son is now facing lengthy surgery planned for Tuesday, in a bid to save his hand.

"It's very distressing and those responsible need to be caught," his mum said.

The altercation happened on the Antrim Road, close to the Bellevue Bridge, at about 2.15am on Sunday.

Four men are understood to have been part of the gang responsible for the attack, and for stealing money from the victims.

Police are investigating and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

PSNI Sergeant Emme Wallace said: “One male has since been arrested, but released on bail in connection with this incident.”