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Man hospitalised after violent East Albury raid

Police dusted the door of the unit for fingerprints after the violent overnight attack. Picture: TARA GOONAN
Nanjing Night Net

A MAN has been hospitalised following a home invasion in East Albury.

The 57-year-old East Street resident was hit with an object in what police have labelled a “vicious” attack.

Officers were called to the home about 3am yesterday and stayed on scene until about midday.

Inspector David Cottee said two men had forced their way inside the home — one of three units — and left the man with a fractured arm, fractured cheek bone and cuts and bruises.

“It’s a vicious attack that left the man with fractures and lots of bruising,” he said.

“It’s certainly a serious attack.

“He won’t be in hospital for an extended period, but he’s received reasonably serious injuries.”

Inspector Cottee said police had not seized any weapons from the scene.

“It’s believed the attack was not random,” he said.

“There was something used to strike the man.

“Police are still looking into the motive behind the attack, but it appears to be targeted.”

Nearby residents reported hearing screams from the unit prior to police arriving.

Joanne, who asked for her last name to be withheld, said her sister had heard a loud bang.

“She said it sounded like a gate slamming or someone being pushed into a gate,” she said.

“The guy was yelling ‘get out of here, get out of here’.”

She said there had been a party several doors down from the victim’s house, and said the offenders could have come from the event.

Rachel, who also asked for her full name to be withheld, said the victim lived by himself and was surprised he had been targeted.

“He’s a pretty quiet guy,” she said.

“There’s never been an issue with him.

“It’s unexpected, it’s a bit of a shock.”

Inspector Cottee said there had been no arrests, and encouraged anyone with information about the attack Police dusted the to contact Crime Stoppers or Albury Police.

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