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Man arrested after 'altercation' in Downpatrick that left person hospitalised

Police and paramedics were called to the scene of an altercation in Downpatrick's Downe Avenue on Tuesday.
Paul Ainsworth

A MAN has been arrested following an "altercation" in Downpatrick that led to one person being taken to hospital for treatment.

Emergency services including the Charity Air Ambulance were called to the scene in the town's Downe Avenue area shortly before 5pm on Wednesday.

Police cordoned off part of the residential street, while a person was given medical assistance by paramedics.

A spokesperson for the NI Ambulance Service said: "Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, the patient was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast."

A PSNI spokesperson said a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He remained in police custody last night.

"Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any footage that could assist with enquiries, is asked to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 1104 0f 05/10/22," the spokesperson added.

South Down Alliance MLA Patrick Brown told the Irish News that the incident was "very concerning" for residents in the area.

"I will be liaising with local PSNI officers on this, and my thoughts are with the person who appears to have been injured and taken to hospital," he said.

Fellow South Down MLA, the SDLP's Colin McGrath said: "This was a terrible incident to take place in broad daylight in the middle of a housing area, and will have been a very frightening experience for local residents.
"Police will obviously want to hear from anyone with any information regarding this incident and I urge anyone with information to contact them."

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