Assault on man outside Bangor taxi office condemned
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 45-year-old man was attacked outside a taxi office in Bangor yesterday morning.
The man was taken to hospital with a serious head injury following the attack in High Street at 1.40am. He was in a stable condition last night.
A number of local politicians condemned the attack and urged anyone with any information to contact police.
Local Alliance councillor Stuart Anderson said the attack should be a wake-up call for the community.
He said: "Firstly I want to condemn this attack outright.
"I was disappointed to hear the news about this man being attacked.
"There is an ongoing problem with anti-social behaviour in Bangor and we are becoming increasingly concerned about it.
"I would like to call on all the local agencies to work closer together to try and sort out these problems in Bangor."
Independent councillor Noelle Robinson said: "I was very shocked and saddened to hear that this man was seriously assaulted in our town.
"My thoughts are indeed with him and his family and I hope he will have a speedy recovery.
"Bangor is well equipped with CCTV, so hopefully some information can be taken from that.
"I urge the police to be proactive in finding out whoever is responsible for this attack and bring them to justice.
"I would also urge anyone with any information to take it to the police.
DUP North Down Assembly candidate Alex Easton said: "I would first utterly condemn this cowardly attack and call on anyone with any information to come forward to the PSNI to help with their enquires.
"There are no reasons or justifications for anyone to assault an individual in this way.
"This type of incident could seriously hurt someone or worse, and it is not wanted in our society.
"I am hoping the Bangor CCTV will have captured the incident and help catch those responsible and bring them before the courts."
Alliance North Down Assembly candidate Stephen Farry said Bangor residents will be shocked to hear of this attack.
"People will be shocked to hear about this vicious assault," he said.
"It was a brutal attack and I condemn it utterly. I hope the man makes a full and swift recovery. I would urge anyone with information about it to contact police immediately."
Detective Sergeant James Johnston is appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Bangor on 101.