Two men suspected of carrying out a paramilitary-style attack in Newtownabbey have been arrested by police, who have also detained the victim of the assault.

It is understood the 37-year-old victim had been ordered to attend the Cloughfern Roundabout area, shortly after midnight on Sunday, to receive a beating.

A passing police patrol intervened and arrested a 44-year-old man at the scene, on suspicion of assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

The victim was himself arrested a short time later, following a further altercation.

He has been charged in relation to disorderly behaviour, assault on police, and possession of an offensive weapon.

On Sunday afternoon, a third arrest was made – a 39-year-old man suspected of involvement in the original attack was detained by police and remains in custody.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: “We are continuing with our enquiries into this incident and would ask anyone with any information, or anyone who drove past Cloughfern Roundabout at the time of the assault and has dash-cam footage, to contact detectives on 101.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 - which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”