Police in the North are investigating an incident in which a man was attacked with a hatchet.
The man was assaulted in the John Street area of Downpatrick in County Down shortly after midnight.
He is being treated in hospital today for ear injuries.
A 34-year-old woman who tried to intervene is also being treated for injuries to her hand.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested and is helping the police with their enquiries.
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