A woman has been left in a critical condition after an assault.
The woman in her 50s sustained severe head and facial |injuries and a possible fractured skull when she was attacked at |her own home in Bangor shortly after 12.30am yesterday.
The injured woman was taken to the Ulster Hospital. It is believed the incident at her Ashbury Crescent home may have been a domestic dispute.
Last night police arrested a 40-year-old female in connection with the assault. She was questioned, then later released on bail pending further inquiries.
Local political representatives expressed their dismay at the assault which happened in a quiet, residential part of the town.
DUP North Down MLA Alex Easton said: “I totally condemn this assault on a woman on Ashbury Crescent, Bangor, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“There is no place for this sort of activity in society.”
Mr Easton added: “I appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward without delay to the police.”
Local Alliance councillor Ann Wilson expressed her shock on hearing of the assault.
“It is a quiet area and I was very surprised that something like this would happen, especially at his time of year,” she said.
“I really hope that the victim fully recovers.
“Obviously, if she has sustained a fractured skull, it is a very serious injury.
“I will be thinking of her family at this time.”
DUP MLA Peter Weir said: “This is a shocking incident, particularly during the Christmas season.
“It has to be utterly condemned and I would urge anyone who may have any information to come forward.”
He added: “The woman and her family would certainly be in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”
Anyone who may be able to help the PSNI in their investigation is asked to call them on 0845600800.