Belfast Telegraph

Man held after attack on mother in her Downpatrick home

By Brett Campbell

A woman remains critically ill in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital following a "heinous and violent" attack at her Co Down home.

Police and ambulance services were called to a house in Thomas Russell Park, Downpatrick, on Friday afternoon following an altercation. Police were still at the scene near St Patrick's Church yesterday afternoon.

The victim, who is understood to live at the address with her young child, was rushed to hospital as a result of serious injuries sustained in the incident.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie appealed for anyone with information to "provide it to the police to assist them with their investigations into this heinous and violent attack upon this woman.

"I want to offer her my sympathy, support and prayers for a speedy recovery. Such a traumatic incident is totally alien to this quiet neighbourhood in the centre of Downpatrick," the SDLP MP said.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the assault. He remained in police custody yesterday evening.

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