'One Punch' Beach Assault Leaves Man Critical

A 22-year-old man has been left critically ill in hospital after what police have described as a "one punch" assault.

The incident took place on Tyrella beach in Downpatrick, County Down at around 7.30pm last night, Thursday 27 June.

A 21-year-old man was arrested after the assault and is currently in police custody assisting with enquiries.
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Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney of the PSNI Serious Crime Branch said: "These 'one punch' incidents have a hugely destructive impact on both victim and perpetrator and the consequences can be devastating, completely altering the lives of all concerned.

"I am asking for any witnesses to this incident to get in touch. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was on the beach or in the carpark yesterday evening and who can assist police, they are asked to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference 1913 27/06/19."


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