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Barman seriously injured after assault by gang in Carrickfergus - three arrests

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being assaulted by a gang at a pub in Carrickfergus.

The male staff member at The Royal Oak Bar was assaulted by a number of people at around 9.40pm on Saturday night.

He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

He remains in a serious condition.

Two men age 36 and 52 were arrested in connection with the incident. And a third man aged 50 was arrested on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Lindsay Fisher said: “The 50-year-old man was arrested in the Carrickfergus area this afternoon and has been taken into custody for questioning.

"Our enquiries into this assault are ongoing and I would continue to ask anyone with any information to contact detectives in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference number 1275 11/03/17.”

The Royal Oak posted on Facebook to say that the injured member of staff was recovering in hospital.

It said: "The Royal Oak would like to thank our customers for their concern over our injured member of staff. He is currently in hospital recovering at the minute. Thank you to all who was in the bar last night for your help and patience."

The bar is currently closed with owners saying they hope to be open in a few hours.

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