Co Down: Two men and women suffer head injuries in 'terrifying ordeal' after 'altercation'

Two men and a women suffered a "terrifying ordeal" in Northern Ireland when armed men entered a home on Saturday night, police have said.

Officers said the trio are recovering from head injuries after reports of an "altercation" in a residential street in Newtownards, in Co Down.

"Police received a report at approximately 10.25pm on Saturday evening of an altercation in the Meadow Close area," a spokesperson said.

"It was alleged a number of men, who were armed with weapons, entered the garden of a property and assaulted two men and a woman."

All three needed hospital treatment for their injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

"This a terrifying ordeal for those involved," the spokesperson added.

The police investigation is "under way", they said, to figure out exactly what happened, a motive, and who was involved.

As part of their investigation, police are urging any witnesses to come forward and speak to officers.

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"I would appeal to anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation or has CCTV, dash-cam or mobile phone footage, to contact us on 101, quoting reference 1927 11/05/24," they said.

They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who noticed "suspicious activity" in and around Meadow Close between 10pm and 10.20pm.