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Man left with fractured eye socket during night of violence in Ballycastle

By Nevin Farrell

A man in his 50s was taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket and two other people were injured during a night of violence in a north coast town.

The PSNI said that at around 6.45pm on Sunday, it was reported an altercation took place on a garage forecourt in the Castle Street area of Ballycastle.

The victim, who is aged in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment for a suspected fracture to his leg and a fracture to his eye socket.

The incident took place at a Spar shop, one of the busiest retail outlets in the town.

A short time later it was reported that a man and woman had been assaulted in licensed premises nearby on Castle Street.

They sustained minor injuries as a result.

An eye-witness said: "At one stage six police cars turned up and later on, a police Tactical Support Group team was in the town and was searching drains.

"A part of the forecourt was sealed off.

"The level of violence in this incident has shocked local people."

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the Castle Street area of Ballycastle and who witnessed the incidents to contact them in Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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