Man critical after 'baseball bat attack'

Published Monday, 18 March 2013
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A 43-year-old man is in a critical condition after suffering head injuries in a suspected baseball bat attack in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

Man critical after 'baseball bat attack'
Police at the scene of the attack. (© UTV)

A second man has also received hospital treatment for head injuries following the serious assault on the Carnmoney Road in the early hours of Monday.

The two victims were walking in the Coolehill Park area at around 1am when they were attacked by a man who is believed to be in his 40s.

Police said he may have been armed with a baseball bat.

The 43-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital with serious head injuries, while the second victim has now been discharged.

Robert Hill, chairman of the policing and community safety partnership in Newtownabbey, told UTV he is "disgusted" by what happened.

"It appears two men were coming home from a night out when they were set upon by people with baseball bats," he said.

"Somebody had to go and collect that from somewhere to come after these people and that is very worrying. It has been pretty bad. We've had a lot of bomb alerts, the attack on the police last week, so there's been a lot of unrest in the area."

Newtownabbey Mayor Victor Robinson said: "This is a brutal attack on two men coming out of Glengormley - 99.9% of the community do not want this trouble, they just want these people to go away, we don't want to go back to the 70s."

The Carnmoney Road was closed to traffic for a time on Monday while police investigated the scene however it has now reopened.

Anyone with more information has been asked to contact the PSNI.

© UTV News
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6 Comments
stickyblade in belfast wrote (499 days ago):
On a report regarding this attack, I heard it stated that this was not a sectarian attack bt a disagreement that happened earlier on in the evening. Hopes and prayers are wiv the victim & his family; lets hope he has a full and speedy recovery!!
David in newtownards wrote (499 days ago):
it's a disgrace,glengormley is such a lovely place ,disgusted when I heard this news
John in Glengormley wrote (499 days ago):
Good luck to this man . I will pray for you and your family
John in Newtownabbey wrote (500 days ago):
Another cowardly attack which may have very serious consequences. Yet the assailant if caught, will claim he didn't intend to do any harm and likely get off with a lenient sentence.
Concerned in wrote (500 days ago):
Is this being a sectarian attack??
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