30/09/2002

Man seriously ill in hospital following attack

Four men have been arrested in connection with a serious assault on a man in Banbridge at the weekend.

The injured man was found by police in the early hours of Sunday morning, following clashes between rival groups in the Newry Street area of the town.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Meanwhile, two men have been charged in connection with an attack on police officers in west Belfast earlier this month.

One of the men, who's aged 30, is charged with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, while a 34-year-old man has been charged with affray and escaping lawful custody.

The charges relate to an incident on September 8 when a mob attacked police as they tried to arrest a man on the Falls Road.

Both men are expected to appear before magistrates in Belfast today.

(MB)


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