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Man in his twenties fighting for life after Portadown attack

Police said the victim was attacked at the junction of West Street and Mandeville Street during the early hours of yesterday

A MAN in his twenties is fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked outside a bar in Co Armagh.

Police believe that the victim fell in the street shortly after the assault in Portadown town centre.

The attack happened outside licensed premises at the junction of West Street and Mandeville Street during the early hours of yesterday.

Independent councillor Darryn Causby said it was "concerning" as it comes just months after another similar attack in the area.

"These issues are becoming very frequent and I am worried that someone is going to be killed unless this madness ends," he said.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Stephen Wilson has appealed for witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 1.40am, to come forward.

"A short time after the assault occurred it was reported that the man had fallen in the street and was taken by ambulance to hospital where he remains at this time in a critical condition.

"We have been conducting a number of enquiries following the incident and have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. He is currently in custody assisting with our enquiries.

"From CCTV footage of the scene at the time of the incident we can see that there were a large number of pedestrians and motorists in the area.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the assault or who has dash-cam footage from the scene which could assist with our investigation to contact detectives at Lurgan on 101."

Mr Causby also said: "Firstly my thoughts are with the person injured and his family, I trust and pray he makes a speedy recovery.

"But I am alarmed that this is not the first incident like this in the area in the last six months. This is the second time a person has been injured in similar circumstances.

"These issues are becoming very frequent and I am worried that someone is going to be killed unless this madness ends.

"Everyone has a right to go out for a night and be safe."

 

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