Man (44) attacked during attempted armed robbery

DETECTIVES in Coleraine are appealing for information following an attempted armed robbery of a property in the outskirts of the town on Sunday evening.

Around 8pm the 44-year-old owner of the property answered a knock on his door and was confronted by two unknown men who had their faces covered.

They pushed him inside the house and threatened him with what appeared to be a handgun asking him for money. The victim was hit over the head with the weapon but managed to get out of the house and alert a neighbour.

The robbers made off in the direction of Coleraine centre in a red coloured Ford KA.

The householder received treatment for a cut to his head but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Anyone who witnessed the attack or who has information is asked to contact detectives at Coleraine on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.