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Unidentified man critically ill after being found unconscious in Belfast street

By David Young

A Councillor has described as 'scary' an incident in which a man was found unconscious and critically injured on Belfast's Shankill Road yesterday.

The unknown man was found in the street beside the Rex Bar and Stevenson's Bakery by a passer-by at around 1.10am.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition, the PSNI said in a statement.

No description of the man has been released by the police, nor an estimated age.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, TUV councillor Jolene Bunting said she was concerned at the news.

"This is a deeply worrying incident," she said.

"It's scary, to be honest.

"And it is also very strange that the man has not been able to be identified and that no one has come forward yet to say that their friend or relative is currently missing.

"The Shankill is a very close-knit community, and as I said it seems very odd to me that this man has not yet been able to be identified.

"I will pray for him - and hope he is identified soon, " Councillor Bunting told the Belfast Telegraph.

There was unconfirmed local speculation that the man was elderly and had collapsed in the street.

Police have issued an appeal for information following the shocking discovery in the early hours of yesterday.

PSNI Inspector Paul Noble has appealed for anyone who was in the area - and who has any information which could assist officers - to contact Tennent Street on 101 quoting reference number 50 16/12/16 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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