Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following a report of an assault in the Square area of Ballygowan. 

Detective Sergeant Westbury said: “It was reported that an 18-year-old man was assaulted outside a licenced premises at around 1am this morning, Sunday 8th January.

"The man was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition at this time. 

"Our enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened, but I know there was a large number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or have any information to come forward. I am also appealing to anyone with mobile phone or dash-cam footage that could help with enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference 326 of 08/01/23."

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