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Blind man punched in street attack

A blind man walking with a guide dog has been assaulted in Bangor, police have said.

The victim was punched twice in the incident on Saturday afternoon.

He was assaulted by a man in the Castle Park Avenue area at around 12.45pm following what officers described as a "minor verbal altercation" with the attacker's wife.

Police said his assailant punched him in the chest and then walked away.

When the blind man followed, the man punched him in the chest a second time.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

North Down Assembly member Leslie Cree condemned the attack.

"Like all other right-thinking people, I was absolutely shocked to learn that a blind man was assaulted at Castle Park Avenue in Bangor around 12.45 on Saturday afternoon," said the Ulster Unionist representative.

"The fact that the gentleman who was assaulted had a guide dog with him would have left the perpetrator in no doubt that this gentleman was registered blind.

"This was a disgraceful and cowardly attack on a vulnerable individual, and the person responsible must be caught and punished.

"I would appeal for anyone who saw the incident, or who can provide any assistance to the police in their investigation, to please come forward immediately."

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