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Woman slashed in attack as another female victim of assault lies critically ill in hospital

By Joanne Fleming and Nevin Farrell

Published 04/07/2016

An assault which left a woman with a slash wound to her waist is being investigated by police
An assault which left a woman with a slash wound to her waist is being investigated by police
Critically ill: Mary Lennon

An assault which left a woman with a slash wound to her waist is being investigated by police.

The 26-year-old was walking along a Banbridge lane way towards the town’s bus depot shortly after 8pm on Thursday when a man attacked her.

The woman was treated for an injury which is not believed to be serious, but was not admitted to hospital. The type of weapon used is not known.

Police want to hear from anyone who can help with their investigation or was in the vicinity of the lane way in the Maryville area of Banbridge.

Local UUP councillor Glenn Barr said he was shocked by the assault and said the area was not known as a trouble hot-spot.

“Banbridge would be relatively quiet,” he said.

“It would have had some trouble in the past but nothing like this. I wish her a speedy recovery.”

Detective Inspector Lynne Knox said: “We are keen to hear from anyone with information.”

Meanwhile, a woman seriously injured in a suspected assault in Newry is still fighting for her life.

Mary Lennon was last night “critically ill” in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.

Ms Lennon, who is in her 50s, sustained serious injuries in an incident at Hollyridge Lane in the Tandragree Road area of Newry last week.

She was found at her home in the early hours of Thursday and taken to Daisy Hill Hospital before being transferred to Belfast.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the Belfast Health Trust said she remained “critically ill”.

The injured woman was found after police were alerted to a call about a drunk man at the Fiveways roundabout, a short distance from the house.

Neighbours last week said the injured woman, a grandmother-of-two, is a retired beautician originally from elsewhere in the Newry area, who had moved to the newly-built street just under a year ago.

Anyone who may be able to assist police in Newry are asked to contact detectives at Ardmore Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

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