A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was found with serious head injuries in Belfast.
The victim, believed to be in his 20s, was discovered at the bottom of My Lady's Road, off the Ravenhill Road.
He was found in the street around 3am yesterday.
The area was cordoned off for several hours while forensic experts examined the scene beside My Lady's Inn.
The man's family were gathered at his bedside in the intensive care unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday where his condition was described as "critical".
Jim Rodgers, chair of the east Belfast Policing Partnership, appealed to members of the public to help find the man's attackers.
"Anyone in the area who knows the circumstances of the incident should help police with their inquiries," he said.
"The investigation is at an early stage. I wish the man a full and speedy recovery and my sympathies are with his family at this time."
DUP councillor Adam Newton said he believed the young man had been the victim of "another worrying act of brutality" in east Belfast.
"This violent attack will cause concern to all who live around the area.
"Whatever the reason for such an assault it is wrong and leaves people in the district, especially elderly residents, worried about going out," he added.
Residents woke up to the sight of the police cordon and detectives examining the area, but many were unaware of what had happened.
Elsewhere, a teenager was found suffering from serious head injuries in Co Tyrone.
The 19-year-old male was discovered at Gardenville Avenue in Omagh at around 5am yesterday.
He was taken to Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Londonderry where police said he was being treated for "serious" wounds to his head.
Omagh councillor Patrick McGowan said it was a "terrible tragedy, especially happening at this time of year".
"I would sincerely hope this man recovers from his injuries as soon as possible," he added.
Detectives issued a statement last night saying they were still investigating the cause of his head injuries.