A Derry man was last night described as comfortable as he recovered from a punishment-style beating meted out at his home in Creggan.
The victim of the attack, who is in his 30s, was taken from the scene of the beating at Ballymagowan Avenue to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was last night being treated for injuries to his head and legs.
Just after 12am yesterday, five masked men armed with iron bars entered the man’s house and began beating him.
Unconfirmed reports suggest there were two children in the house at the time of the attack.
Within a few hours of the attack, police received a report that wheelie bins had been placed against the door and set alight, causing considerable damage to the property. A number of windows were also smashed.
PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “Police work diligently to find evidence to bring those responsible before the courts.
“Paramilitary-style attacks have a significant impact on local communities and PSNI work alongside local communities to being an end to this unacceptable violence.”
He added: “Those who are involved in paramilitary-style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it. Communities have a choice and it is clear that the vast majority of people here have chosen to support police and support law and order.
“Those small groups of individuals who continue to try and terrorise people and commit criminal acts must be isolated from communities.
“I appeal to the community to give us the information we need to bring the persons responsible for these brutal attacks to justice to contact police at Strand Road at 101 or Crimsetoppers on 08000555111.”
SDLP Creggan Councillor Jim Clifford hit out at those responsible.
Colr. Clifford said: “This was a disgraceful and brutal attack which I wholeheartedly condemn.
“In addition, setting wheelie bins on fire outside this man’s home could have had serious consequences not only for the rest of the people in the house but neighbours as well.
“These kind of attacks have no place in our city and must be stopped.
“People in Creggan do not want this violence, intimidation and fear being imposed on our community.”
Sinn Féin Councillor for the Creggan area Kevin Campbell said: “There is no place whatsoever for these attacks in the Creggan community.
“There are clearly other ways to deal with the issues affecting us all, both with the community and with the PSNI.
“I would urge anyone who has any information on this attack to bring it to the police.”