Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of a disturbance in the Clarence Street area of Ballymena last night, Sunday 20 January.
Detective Sergeant Pete Crothers said: “We received a number of reports between 10pm and 11pm last night that a group of people were involved in a fight and were carrying sticks.
“Officers arrived and found that an agitated crowd of up to 40 people had gathered on the street.
“We believe that during the altercation, a number of men entered a property in the area and assaulted the male occupant who then fled the property.
“A number of weapons have been recovered.
“Five men were subsequently arrested. Three, aged 18, 28 and 33 were arrested on suspicion of attempted aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
“Two others, aged 32 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm. They all remain in custody, helping with police with our enquiries.
“There is no indication of any hate crime/racial motivation for this incident.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at last night and saw what happened to get in touch with detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1165 of 20/1/19.”
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.