Man remains critically ill after assault in Ardglass
A man remains critically ill after being kicked in the head during a serious assault in a "quiet and peaceful" fishing village in Co Down.
The 45-year-old victim, understood to be a foreign national, was rushed to hospital following the attack which happened in the Strangford Road area of Ardglass just before 11am on Tuesday morning.
Independent councillor Cadogan Enright said the entire community has been left shocked following the incident.
"This is a quiet and peaceful rural area which is not known for anti-social behaviour," he said. "There are a lot of foreign nationals living in this area and working on the fishing boats - I believe this man belonged to that community and is in a coma."
Police believe the man, who was admitted to intensive care, sustained the serious injuries after being kicked in the head.
A 23-year-old man was arrested in relation to the incident but has been released on bail.
South Down MLA Colin McGrath condemned the "reckless criminality" which he said has no place in society.
"This sort of incident cannot be condoned," he said.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family while he recovers in hospital.
"No one is above the law and I would encourage anyone with any information whatsoever to bring it forward to the police."
Det Sgt James Johnston said police are following "a definite line of enquiry" and appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 377 22/05/18.