06/09/2006

Serious assault in Belfast city centre

Police have appealed for information in relation to a serious assault in Belfast city centre at the weekend.

An altercation broke out between two men outside the Ulster Hall in Bedford Street at around 6pm on Saturday evening, which resulted in a 56-year-old man being seriously injured.

The man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

It is understood that the area was busy at the time, and police have asked for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

They are especially keen to speak to a female Australian tourist who ran into a nearby restaurant and asked for someone to call the police.

One man has been arrested in connection with the assault and is currently being questioned by police.

Anyone with any information should contact detectives on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF/KMcA)

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