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Suspect held after man's throat slashed in brutal attack outside Lurgan pub

By Adrian Rutherford

A man's throat was cut during a shocking late night attack.

The 33-year-old was taken to hospital following the assault in William Street in Lurgan in the early hours of yesterday.

The victim suffered wounds to his neck and skull.

Police said the incident is believed to have happened between 12.15am and 12.30am outside licensed premises.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences including grievous bodily harm with intent.

Last night he remained in custody helping police with their investigation.

Speaking about the assault, PSNI Chief Inspector David Nixon said: "The victim sustained a laceration to his throat and to the back of his head during the assault.

"The man was treated at hospital for his injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening at this time."

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said the vicious attack had caused shock in the community.

She appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

"My thoughts are with the victim of this brutal attack in the early hours of the morning," she said.

"It is a very alarming attack and one that I would utterly condemn.

"William Street is renowned for its night-time economy and this incident has shocked the local people.

"I would appeal to all those who were in the vicinity and who may have information to report it to the PSNI.

"It is vital that information pertaining to the attack is reported so that they can face the full rigours of the law."

Police said the area was busy with revellers at the time of the attack. They urged eyewitnesses to come forward.

Chief Inspector Nixon added: "We know there was a large crowd socialising in the area last night and we are appealing to anyone who in the vicinity of William Street between 12.15am and 12.30am who witnessed the assault to contact police in Lurgan."

Anyone who was socialising with the victim or has information that could help the police is asked to contact the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.

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