Man in serious condition after knife attack in Antrim
A 19-year-old Northern Ireland man is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in Antrim.
Police confirmed that a family group were out socialising in the High Street area of the town centre at around 8.25pm on Monday when they were chased by a number of people.
They were pursued onto the Dublin Road where an altercation resulting in a serious assault took place.
The victim was taken to hospital following the attack and received treatment for a stab wound to his back.
Antrim councillor Jim Montgomery said: "I absolutely condemn the attack.
"This is unacceptable and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the police."
The Ulster Unionist added: "I am shocked by this incident which has unfolded in the commercial part of the town. It's on the main street and is usually a quiet place, it's not a bad area.
"Unfortunately, because it was Boxing Night, there may not have been too many people about, but hopefully someone saw something and reports it."
Mr Montgomery said there are a number of bars close to where the attack took place.
He added that he was hopeful someone may have witnessed the assault.
Alliance councillor Neil Kelly also condemned the incident. He said: "I am shocked and horrified this stabbing occurred in Antrim.
"It is baffling that someone could carry this out.
"A life could have been lost, and because of it a man remains in a serious condition in hospital.
"I hope he is able to recover from his injuries and I would encourage anyone with information to contact the police."
The PSNI appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact detectives in Antrim on 101 quoting reference number 973 of 26/12/16.
Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.