Man beaten with hammer in Ard Grange

The PSNI maintain a presence outside a house in Ard Grange where one man was taken away in handcuffs and another man was taken away in an ambulance.
The PSNI maintain a presence outside a house in Ard Grange where one man was taken away in handcuffs and another man was taken away in an ambulance.
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A 19 year-old man has sustained a head injury after he was beaten by another man using a hammer in Ard Grange in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police arrested a 28 year-old man at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon with intent following an altercation at a house in the Ard Grange area of Wednesday morning.

A damaged window.

A damaged window.

Inspector Jonathan Cooke said: “Just before 2am on Wednesday morning police received a report of a group of men fighting at a house in Ard Grange. A 19 year-old man sustained a head injury after being hit with a hammer. He required hospital treatment for his injuries which aren’t believed to be life threatening. The 28 year-old man arrested remains in custody at this time.”

One eyewitness, who did not want to be named, described the attack as “relentless” and “cruel”.

“I woke to screaming and shouting outside in the early hours of the morning and when I looked outside I saw one man running after another man. The man giving chase looked like he had something in his hand.

“The man giving chase then came back and proceeded to attack another man. He pinned the man down on the ground and punched him in the face and kicked him in the head. It was so cruel to watch, the man was relentless.”

Windows were damaged during an incident in Ard Grange in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Windows were damaged during an incident in Ard Grange in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The eyewitness added: “There was blood everywhere and I could see windows had been smashed. The police arrived and took a man away in handcuffs. The man who had been beaten was taken away in an ambulance.”